Did You Know

26 Apr

Did you know youngest women fly solo?

Teenage aviator Zara Rutherford has become the youngest women to fly around the world solo in 155 days.She is the first person to complete a circumnavigation in a microlight aircraft after a five-month journey which began in Kortrijk, Belgium on August 10, 2021 and ended on January 20, 2022. Learn More ...

21 Jan

Did you know women’s faces are going to appear on quarters?

For the first time ever, women’s faces will appear on quarters and the nominations will be open to the public using the form provided by the National Women’s History Museum. It is a great way to recognize the eminent contributions made by Women who have had an influential impact in a myriad of fields spreading awareness about them among the younger generation. Learn More ...

17 Dec

Did you know the Internet as we know it would not exist if woman coders disappeared!

The nonprofit, Girls Who Code, has a mission to close the gender gap in technology and has put out a new film and website to show female coders’ contributions and how broken the Internet would be without the valuable work done by women. The short film “Missing Code” kicks off the campaign and features a young woman trying to navigate a glitchy, faulty internet. The campaign also includes an interactive portal where visitors can surf an alternate,...

23 Nov

Did you know Brittany Rhodes is giving back to her community by helping young girls overcome math anxiety!

Brittany Rhodes in Detroit is giving back to her community with her love of math by helping young girls overcome math anxiety! Brittany Rhodes is great at math and has always been good at it! A gradute in this field from Spelman, she started tutoring female algebra students in her community and realized they all struggled with basic mathematics. After researching academic journals about black girls and math anxiety, Rhodes discovered that this was a pressing need in her community. “Math anxiety 

26 Oct

Did you know Luvvie Ajayi Jones is hosting a second season of The Step!

The Step, a podcast for and about unstoppable women! Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a New York Times bestselling author, sought-after public speaker and podcast host who thrives at the intersection of comedy, justice and professional troublemaking. In each episode of “The Step,” Luvvie sits down with an inspiring woman to discuss what drives them to step forward for change. Be it witnessing injustice, fighting a harmful stereotype, or proving haters wrong, these women refuse to back down—no matter what. To check out episodes hosted by...

26 Oct

Did you know Nina Chhita illustrates and runs an Instagram account showcasing trailblazing women in STEM!

Nina Chhita spends her days working as a medical writer, but in her free time, she runs an Instagram account featuring her own beautiful drawings of women who have made impacts in STEM from all over the world. Through her illustrations, her goal is to help her followers celebrate diversity and debunk stereotypes about who belongs in STEM, and her current focus is specifically on highlighting women of color.  To see more of her artwork and show appreciation for these unsung heroes...

20 Aug

Did you know Girl Scouts of the USA rolled out STEM-related badges this year?

On July 17, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) introduced 30 new badges in environmental stewardship, space science, robotics, and more to help girls create positive change in their communities—and beyond. Some of these new programs include Think Like a Programmer and Think Like an Engineer journeys in addition to badges in Robotics, Cybersecurity, Space Science, and Mechanical Engineering.   Enhancing Girl Scouts’ proven girl-led programming, these new badges and Journeys will set girls up for a lifetime of leadership and success, and prepare them...

17 Jul

Did You Know: The world’s first international communications satellite launched 58 years ago.

The world’s first international communications satellite, Telstar I, launched into orbit this month 58 years ago. Photo courtesy of National Air and Space Museum A collaboration between the US, Britain, and France, Telstar I introduced the world to trans-Atlantic video feeds and ushered in a new era of communication.  It successfully relayed through space the first television pictures, telephone calls, and  telegraph  images, and provided the first live transatlantic television feed. Launched by NASA aboard a Delta Rocket from Cape Canaveral on July...

15 Jun

Did you know SCTE/ISBE has pivoted its annual Cable-Tec Expo to a digital event?

SCTE/ISBE has quickly pivoted its annual Cable-Tec Expo conference to a digital event. Comcast, Charter and Cox will sponsor the event, which will be free to attendees. Late last month, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced the cancellation of their physical event, with Denver’s Colorado Convention Center configured as temporary hospital space for a potential COVID-19 spike through the remainder of 2020. What SCTE/ISBE calls “the educational heart of the show,” the Fall Technical Forum, will draw on a record 267...

09 Apr

Did you know on this day in 1977 two brands of personal computers were introduced?

Did you know on this day in 1977, at the first annual West Coast Computer Faire, both the Apple II and Commodore PET 2001 personal computers are introduced. Ironically, Commodore had previously rejected purchasing the Apple II from Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, deciding to build their own computers. Both computers used the same processor, the MOS 6502, but the companies had two different design strategies and it showed on this day. Apple wanted to build computers with more features at a higher price point. Commodore wanted to...

20 Mar

Did you know International Women’s Day was first honored on March 19, 1911?

Did you know International Women’s Day was first honored on March 19, 1911, when more than 1 million people attended rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. At the time, topics of discussion included women’s right to work and vocational training, to vote and hold public office, and an end to workplace discrimination. Now, all of March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of women and encourage the acceleration of equality for all. #IWD2020 #EachforEqual ...

13 Mar

Nichelle Nichols was convinced by Martin Luther King Jr. to continue acting on Star Trek?

Nichelle Nichols was convinced by Martin Luther King Jr. to continue acting on Star Trek, in hopes that her role on the show would advance racial equality. And he was right. Nichelle first portrayed Lieutenant Uhura in 1964, and by 1969, she was working with NASA to recruit women and people of color into the program—including Mae Jemison, who became the first black woman to go to space. It goes to show that representation matters! In another momentous step forward for...

29 Jan

Did you know Oprah Winfrey was born on this day, January 29, in 1954!

Media mogul, actress, talk show host, producer, and philanthropist, Oprah is best known for her multiple-Emmy-award-winning talk show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history. Her success has made outstanding strides in paving the way ahead for females, women of color, and young girls. 1988 was the year Oprah started her own production company, Harpo Inc. In 1997, she started her charitable foundation, Angel Network. In 2003, she became the first African-American woman on Forbes magazine’s “World’s Richest...

22 Jan

Did you know holiday messages have been transmitted into space?

On this day in 1952, the first radio broadcast from space was President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Christmas message, “to all mankind, America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere.” His message (which can be hear in its entirety here) was transmitted using shortwave radio and conveyed America’s wish for peace on earth and good will to people everywhere. Read More Here ...

09 Dec

Did you know November is National Gratitude Month?

We’re entering the holiday season and Thanksgiving is right around the corner – it’s the perfect time to think about gratitude. For example, we’re grateful for WICT’s strong network of fierce women … and that today is National Gingerbread Cookie Day. Looking for a way to observe? We’ve got you covered. ...

28 Oct

Did you know about these insights into breast cancer?

October is breast cancer awareness month and not only are women are out there surviving, thriving but they’re also developing and pursing innovations into cancer research and treatment. Women like Dr. Deborah Rhodes, a director of the Mayo Clinic who developed a new tool for quick tumor detection, and Ananda Shankar Jayant, a classical Indian dancer whose  performance is a metaphor for strength. Want to know more? Check out this TedTalk playlist featuring Dr. Rhodes and Ananda Shankar...

18 Sep

Did you know there is no time like the present to update your resume?

Was the resume invented in 1482 when daVinci put his personal accomplishments on paper? Maybe? Is September International Update your Resume Month, definitely – and the perfect time to freshen them up with all your latest skills and achievements. Resumes often fall into the following categories – Chronological: presents work history, personal achievements, and education in chronological orderFunctional: focuses on skills and abilitiesCombination: equal emphasis on work history, skills, and abilitiesTargeted: customize according to the position being applied for Which resume is...

07 Aug

Did You Know: August 15th is National Relaxation Day?

The day’s origins are a little murky: could be a suggestion made in 1985 by a 4th grader in Iowa, could be a US version of a similar UK holiday, Slacker’s Day. What we do know is stress can be harmful to our health – physical and mental – so take some time to slow down and relax. How can you celebrate? Carve out some time of your choosing, unplug from electronics, and settle in to your favorite way to relax....

10 Jul

Did you know technology played an important role during the 2019 Women’s World Cup?

One of the things VAR (Video Assistant Referee) helps officials do is determine penalties and ensure no clearly wrong decisions are made. VAR recommends to the ref when a incident should be reviewed. The ref can either act on the advice of VAR or review the video footage before accepting or rejecting the advice. In the World Cup final, VAR intervened and alerted the ref to the possibility of a foul against Alex Morgan, leading to this match winning moment...

19 Jun

Did you know the first female Chief Technology Officer of the United States is also an active proponent of STEM education and an LBQTQ+ advocate?

One paragraph cannot contain all the accomplishments in Megan Smith’s career. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. As U.S. CTO, a role which serves as an Assistant to the President of the United States, Smith focused on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance the future of our nation. As an LBGTQ+ advocate, she served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web. To learn more about Megan and...

09 May

Did you know Friday, May 17 is World Telecommunications Day (WTD)?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on May 17, 1865 when the first international Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. May 17 celebrates the constant evolution of one of the most important factors of our lives: communication. The main goal of WTD is to highlight the importance of communication and how information travels across the world. It also aims to increase awareness of...

25 Apr

Did you know Katie Bouman is creating advancements into the phenomena of black holes?

In 2016, Katie Bouman was just a graduate student at MIT studying electrical engineering and computer science when she discovered something that will help change history. Bouman led a team of researchers that developed a new algorithm that could one day help astronomers produce the first image of a black hole. After 3 years, that moment has finally happened. With the assistance of Bouman’s and several other algorithms, MIT announced this week that they were able to successfully capture the first...

21 Mar

Did you know that Margaret Hamilton was one of the first computer software programmers?

Margaret Hamilton, born in Indiana in 1936, is a pioneer for women in technology. After studying mathematics in college and teaching high school math, Margaret accepted a job at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Here she began programming software to help predict the weather, and it is also where her love for engineering was created.Over the next ten years, Margaret had a huge impact on science in America. At MIT’s Lincoln Lab, she worked on a project where...

19 Feb

Did you know that Kimberly Bryant is changing the face of technology for women of color?

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology”. The program introduces girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Through after-school and summer programs, the organization is striving towards a goal of teaching one million black girls to code by 2040. Kimberly has been nationally recognized as a thought leader for her work to increase opportunities for...

17 Jan

Did You Know: One of WICT’s founding members was from Philadelphia?

Linda Brodsky Cooper is one of the pioneers of cable television. Brodsky’s cable career began at the University of Pennsylvania, where she wrote a paper about the nascent “pay TV” industry in the 1960s. This led to a very successful career in various influential positions in the industry at notable companies such as, Jerrold Electronics, Warner Cable Corp., BroadBand Communications Inc., and Bresnan Communications. As part of her commitment to women in the industry, Linda was a founding board member...

20 Dec

Did You Know: 2019 Marks WICT’s 40th Year of Developing Women Leaders?

WICT’s Ruby Anniversary will be memorialized throughout the year, including a very special 2019 Signature Luncheon on May 2, 2019 at The Plaza Hotel New York. The luncheon will honor the past, celebrate the present, and imagine the future of WICT with a collective of distinguished guests and talent. WICT’s mission is, and always has been, to create women leaders who transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B...

19 Nov

Did You Know: The First Stock Ticker Debuted in New York City on This Day in 1867?

The first stock ticker debuted in New York City on this day in 1867? The advent of the ticker ultimately revolutionized the stock market by making up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Prior to this development, information from the New York Stock Exchange, which had been around since 1792, traveled by mail or messenger. The ticker was the brainchild of Edward Calahan, who configured a telegraph machine to print stock quotes on streams of paper tape (the same paper tape...

17 Oct

Did You Know: WICT Philly Gives Back Raises Funds for Girls Inc?

… Our annual event, WICT Philly Gives Back, not only recognizes five outstanding leaders within our industry but also raises funds to support the local chapter of Girls Inc? The organization encourages young girls to be smart, strong and bold while also emphasizing STEM. Girls Inc was founded in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War. Across the decades, they adapted to meet the specific environmental challenges facing girls and...

18 Sep

Did You Know: What is the Most Popular Career for STEM Grads?

… one of the most popular careers for STEM grads is sales! By now we’ve all heard how important science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is for the jobs of the future. But there are certain jobs that are more people than technology focused, right? Well, maybe not. While traditional selling tactics relied heavily on personal relationships, sales people are now interacting with buyers who have more information at their disposal than ever before. As a result, today’s deals are more often...

17 Jul

Did You Know: What Happens in an Internet Minute?

In your everyday life, a minute might not seem like much. But when it comes to the vast scale of the internet, a minute goes by much further than you ever could have imagined. That’s because the internet has a degree of scale that our linear human brains are unaccustomed to operating on. The numbers for these services are so enormous that they can only be shown using the 60 second time scale. Any bigger, and our brains can’t even process these massive...

21 May

Did You Know: WICT Global has a Virtual Learning Environment?

You will gain an understanding of the industry’s most challenging issues and develop or enhance your professional competencies. You will attend a presentation on a targeted issue, interact live with industry peers and be able to ask questions in real-time from recognized subject matter experts. Why WICT Webinars? Accessible– WICT Webinars are delivered entirely via the web and all you need is standard web browser technology and a telephone. Fast – get right to the heart of an issue in (generally) a 1-hour block that fits...

25 Apr

Did You Know: Women Who Watched “The X-Files” Pursued More Careers in STEM?

It is called the Scully Effect. Dr. Dana Scully, portrayed by Gillian Anderson, was one of the first multidimensional female characters in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field to be featured on a popular television show, and the first to play a leading role. She is known for her objectivity, skepticism, confidence, and brilliance. In the world of entertainment media, where scientists are often portrayed as white men wearing white coats and working alone in labs, Scully stood...

15 Mar

Did You Know: You don’t have to be a strong, bold FEMALE to join WICT?

In a recent study by the Financial Women’s Association, an overwhelming majority of people agreed that “men are instrumental to the success of women,” and 39 percent agreed that men should join women’s networking groups that have been set up to promote and advance women in the workforce. “Engaging men in the crusade to inspire a shift in corporate cultures, promoting gender balanced leadership teams up and down the corporate ladder seems to be imperative,” says PWN Global President, Marijo Bos. We...

26 Feb

Did You Know: Cinderella opened on this day in 1950?

Cinderella, based on another Brothers Grimm fairy tale, was chosen for its similarity to the Snow White story. The film’s immediate source was Charles Perrault’s French version of the fairy tale, which tells the story of a young girl whose father dies, leaving her at the mercy of her oppressive stepmother and two unsympathetic stepsisters. As in Snow White, Cinderella gets the help of a few friends-in this case singing mice and birds as well as a Fairy Godmother-to escape the...

01 Feb

Did You Know: On this day in history JFK made history

on this day in 1961, President John F. Kennedy becomes the first U.S. president to hold a live televised news conference. From a podium in the State Department auditorium, Kennedy read a prepared statement regarding the famine in the Congo, the release of two American aviators from Russian custody and impending negotiations for an atomic test ban treaty. He then opened the floor for questions from reporters, answering queries on a variety of topics including relations with Cuba, voting rights...

01 Dec

Did You Know: Hedy Lamarr wasn’t just a pretty face?

While better known for her silver screen exploits and having no formal training, actress Hedy Lamarr became a pioneer in the field of wireless communications.   During World War II, the international beauty icon learned that radio-controlled torpedoes, which could be important in the naval war, could easily be jammed, thereby causing the torpedo to go off course. Lamarr, along with co-inventor George Anthiel, developed a secret communications system to help combat the Nazis. By manipulating radio frequencies it...

30 Oct

Did You Know: About the WICT Leadership Conference

The Conference is a professional development opportunity for cable professionals at all levels of their career journeys. Through inspiring keynote speakers and innovative workshops covering a variety of topics, as well as connecting with industry colleagues, each attendee is immersed in leadership activities designed to help impact their career and their company’s bottom line. This year’s event featured speakers like Katie Couric; Trudie Styler; WICT President, Maria Brennan; and many more. WICT chose BBC America President and General Manager, Sarah Barnett, and...

21 Aug

Did You Know: The first coaxial cable was invented in 1880?

English mathematician, Oliver Heaviside, studied the so-called skin effect in telegraph transmission lines. He concluded that wrapping an insular casing around a transmission line both increases the clarity of the signal and improves the durability of the cable. He patented the first coaxial cable in England in 1880. In 1894, The U.S. Patent office awards renowned inventor, Nikola Tesla, with the first electrical conductor patent. These technologies were the key components necessary to construct the coaxial cables we use today. The Olympic...

03 Aug

Did You Know: Philadelphia was home to America’s first zoo?

Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874. It opened with 1,000 animals and an admission price of 25 cents. For a brief time, the zoo also housed animals brought over from safari on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, which had not yet built the National Zoo. The zoo is 42 acres and is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of which are rare...

29 Jun

Did You Know: The History of Girls Inc?

Did you know Girls Incorporated was formed in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1864 as a response to the needs of new working class: young women who had migrated from rural communities in search of newly available jobs in textile mills and factories? Girls Incorporated centers were warm, friendly places where girls could forget their troubles, even though the world outside had fallen into chaos. Girls gave plays, made their own dresses and hats, danced and made lasting friendships. Head on over to 

05 Jun

Did You Know: How WICT got it’s start?

Did you know WICT was officially launched when its board of directors met July 30, 1979, in New York City to approve its bylaws. The first annual membership meeting was December 13 in Anaheim, California, at the Western Show. Lucille Larkin stated in an article she wrote for the December 15, 1979, edition of TV Communications magazine, that the goals would be, “to highlight the accomplishments of women in cable; to broaden the arena in which they can contribute; to promote...

19 Apr

Did You Know: WICT National recently announced their 2017 Rising Leaders?

The RLP is comprised of industry professionals primarily at the manager and director level who have demonstrated leadership potential within their companies. “WICT’s Rising Leaders Program provides the next generation of industry leaders with essential tools to enhance their skills and strengthen their companies,” said Joanna Dees, WICT’s Associate Vice President of Educational Programs. “We’re very pleased to continue to have such strong demand for this important program from a remarkable group of rising professionals.” Many of our sponsors and WICT Greater Philadelphia...

14 Mar

Did You Know: The ENIAC Six?

In 1946 six brilliant young women programmed the world’s first all-digital, programmable computer, the ENIAC, a project run by the U.S. Army in Philadelphia. The ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the clunky, incredibly buggy predecessor to the general purpose computers in everyone’s lives today. It was 1,000 times faster than similar electromechanical machines and 2,400 times faster than a human at calculating artillery trajectories. The team included Jean Jennings, Marlyn Wescoff, Ruth Lichterman, Betty Snyder, Frances Bilas, and Kay...

14 Feb

Did You Know: The real story behind Hidden Figures?

Females working as “human computers” dates back long before space exploration. In the late 1800’s Harvard employed a group of women who collected, studied, and catalogued thousands of images of stars and a woman named Williamina Fleming was the first to recognize the existence of white dwarfs. In 1941, with World War II raging in Europe, President Franklin Roosevelt banned discrimination in the employment of workers in government because of race, creed, color, or national origin. NACA (precursor to NASA) began recruiting...