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Personally, I am very excited about this week’s post (honestly, it’s the best part of my week) because it features women of all ages who are just starting their careers, are making advances in their careers, and who have lived their life by changing history. This week reinforces the reminder that no matter your age, you are capable of doing some really incredible things in the world.

This 13-year-old is selling 360,000 bottles of lemonade a year.

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The moment I stumbled upon this company, I knew I was going to write about it on the blog this week for three reasons:

  1. Mikaila Ulmer is an absolute boss! She is only 13 years old and has her very own lemonade stocked in more than 500 stores across the U.S. Not to mention she started making lemonade in her front lawn since she was four years old.
  2. Any time there’s news about a young entrepreneur, my GoldieBlox senses start tingling… and Mikaila is no exception. She is learning to juggle school work while keeping together a business with interviews, conferences, marketing, sales, operations and more.
  3. Lastly, 10% of the profits are donated to bee conservation groups! Mikaila took her grandmother’s secret recipe, turned it into a business, and is giving back to the community.

You can find Me & the Bees Lemonade at Whole Foods along with other distributors and local shops. And trust me, it’s really good lemonade. (Yes, I bought and tasted all four flavors!) BBC

Scientist, Jess Wade, is on a mission to give women in STEM the recognition they deserve and she’s starting with Wikipedia.

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Jess Wade, a postdoctoral researcher in the field of plastic electronics, has written about 270 Wikipedia entries in the last year. Wade was frustrated with the message being portrayed to get women involved in STEM and often felt it was fundamentally negative, so instead of giving up, she decided to change the message to a more positive one. She created Wikipedia pages for women who have major accomplishments in the STEM world to show girls that being a female and loving STEM does not need to weigh you down with statistics but lift you up. Wade’s thinking and activism is exactly why we feature women in STEM just like her every week. The Guardian

Mary Ellis, one of the last living female World War Two ferry pilots, passed away at age 101.

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While this news is surely sad, the impact and history that Mary Ellis made during her time as a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) is absolutely incredible. She flew over 1,000 airplanes and 76 different types during the war and delivered spitfires and bombers to the front line. Ellis’ love of flying was all thanks to her father, who at age 11 paid for her to have a joyride in a biplane at a flying circus. Because of this, she decided she had to learn to fly. Ellis was one of the first women ever to fly the Gloster Meteor, Britain’s first jet fighter. Ellis may have retired, but her love for flying lived on as she became the manager of the Sandown Airport and Europe’s first female air commandant. She was one of the world’s greatest female ATA pilots and she will be greatly missed. BBC

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