Émilie du Châtelet; one of the first female scientists

Emilie Du Chatelet

A French mathematician, physicist and writer often credited to be one of the first female scientists, Èmilie was born 17 December 1706 in Paris to a father of lesser nobility. She grew up around learned men and her father, who had the position of the Principal Secretary and Introducer of Ambassadors to King Louis XIV, held a weekly salon where many well-respected writers and scientists were invited. During her life Émilie was a famous and respected figure in France. Her works were published in several countries and translated to German and Italian; her ideas discussed in the most important journals of the era, such as the Encyclopédie of Diderot and D’Alembert. She was active from the 1730s until her early death in 1749.

Unfortunately, she is most known for being Voltaire’s mistress. But she was a great scientist and thinker in her own right; which is one of the many reasons why I wanted to write something about her. I hope I made her justice.

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Apps for personal safety

Safety apps

Unfortunately, the world isn’t a safe place all the time, for women especially. I’m not sure if I know any woman who has not, at one point in her life, been scared walking alone. I have been talking to friends walking home alone several times in my life, and I have called a friend while walking home myself. It gives a sense of security. If something happens someone will know, or maybe nothing will happen if you become a more difficult target.

There has been a minor explosion of safety apps in the recent years, and there definitely is a market for them. I have been looking around and hope I have constructed a decent list of possible options. It’s unsure if all of them will be available in your country, so it can be important to check that before you decide.

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FutureFunded: crowfunding platform to help women

FutureFunded - logo - crowfunding

As you can see on the official website of this project, FutureFunded is a crowfunding platform created by women and for women. The initial idea of its two founders is to help women to be trained in technology. In this way they give power to a disadvantaged group even in certain areas such as technology, where there are still more male faces than female faces.

In order to help women in fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics), Cecilia Tham (CEO) and co-founder with Laura Fernández, will allow the financing of projects collectively through of its FutureFunded platform, that is, by the so fashionable  crowfunding.

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Analysis and comparison: the best femtech products

femtech products

Femtech is a term that includes all those technologies in the form of apps or gadgets that can help to improve the lives of women, as much in the level of fitness as in their birth, fertility, sexual life, etc. Quite a great industry conceived by and for women, innovating every day thinking about them.

As we saw in our first article dedicated to femtech, there are many products and services available today. There are so many that it can be difficult to choose the best option or know how many of them there are. That is why we wanted to dedicate this comparative analysis to help you to have a wider vision of these systems.

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Femtech: an economic gold mine or technology at the service of women?

femtech portfolio

Femtech has arrived with force and it seems that it is to stay. It is already attracting many investors and it seems that many startups are being built around this technological market niche. After the boom of the fintech (technological transformation for the finance sector) and the insurtech (technological transformation of the insurance sector), now it seems that the feminism and women’s phenomenon is selling and catching interest.

Femtech is a term coined to comprehend all those technologies, services, or gadgets which revolve around the world of health and the needs of women. As seen in the main image, they range from simple applications to control the period and fertility and other technologies to improve health or the period of pregnancy to sexual toys. A wide market that feeds a multitude of new companies satisfying the needs of millions of users. The ethical and moral dilemma of the boom of these technologies, which are being considered by some people, is whether they were created with women’s welfare in mind or simply to exploit in a sector of the market that was not previously satisfied. Anyway, if they offer a necessary service and help women to improve their lives minimally, I think the femtech is welcome.

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