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Women in Electronics

The women in electronics we honor today are Hedy Lamarr and women mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hedy Lamarr, a beautiful Austrian born movie star, was appreciated by Howard Hughes as a genius inventor. Her work on spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology, which became Bluetooth/wi-fi, should have remunerated her over $30 billion in her lifetime.

Hedy Lamarr never gave up on her invention, which ultimately was recognized toward the end of her life. Check out Alexandra Dean’s documentary on this brilliant woman in electronics:

Without Hedy Lamarr, we would not have the iPhone you may be using to read this post. Without women and children in so-called “Conflict Mineral Zones”, we would not have the elements necessary to make the components used to manufacture the many electronic devices we take for granted. Read more here:

Conflict Minerals Zones’Impact on Women and Children

The beauty and strength of those who bear the burden of mining tantalum and other minerals should claim more of our attention in a way that transforms ceremony into sacrament, to quote Rev. Joseph Lowery.

Children who grow up enduring these conditions will walk across the red carpet one day, and be remunerated for patents that make the world a better place.

When asked to attend a Women in Electronics conference, I questioned why I should go. Considering that I have always made it my mission to be best at what I do, I could ill afford to consider how I might have been treated differently as a woman.

I have always been allergic to said consideration, since Vietnam Veterans, most of whom were men, were treated so badly when I was a child in the 1970s. I did my best to ameliorate their misery, and I will never forget what I witnessed. If we as women feel we are judged differently for our brains and our unique ability to give birth, then imagine how men face the fact that their brains and brawn can be sent into battle by Federal law. Look past your feelings and look at the facts. Selective Service is the law, and men cannot get out of it at all. It may be true that we make less money than men statistically, but it is also true that we as women live longer than men, and have other privileges too numerous to mention here.

Yet I concede that our necessary work here in America as 1 of 267 countries is to advance free market enterprise to empower those women and children brutalized in Conflict Mineral Zones such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. No one gives you power. You just take it. It is time for us as women in electronics to take our power and use it to empower those whose situation is unimaginably cruel and unjust.

The inventions of Hedy Lamarr make surveillance on these Conflict Mineral Zones possible. The labor of women and children in Conflict Mineral Zones makes our work possible. Now let us act, and have our mission inform American culture to be more thoughtful, more civil, and a happier place for the human mind.

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