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What Do Women, Science, and Socks Have in Common?

As a women-owned company, equal representation is important to us. We’re a bunch of hardcore science nerds too. What better way to celebrate two of our favorite things, women and science, than a collaboration with Rachel Ignotofsky?

Rachel Ignotofsky is the author of Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World, a book which sparked the inspiration for our latest Artist Collaboration. She has a passion for taking dense information and making it fun and accessible, using educational illustrations to make it exciting and easy to understand.

After we read Rachel’s book cover-to-cover, learned a lot, and geeked out over her fun and funky designs, we chose four powerful and diversely successful women to feature on a new collection of socks. So who are these women?

Celebrating 4 influential women in the world of science.

Ada Lovelace wrote an algorithm for Charles Babbage’s “Analytical Engine,” that had implications on future generations. She was one of the most consequential mathematical minds, and without her the world would be a much different place. She imagined the world with computers that could do more than calculations. Did she have an inkling that historians would go on to call her algorithm “the world’s first ever computer program” and start referring to her as the “mother of modern computing”? Probably not, unfortunately, but this is the legacy she left on the world we’ll go on to remember.

When a trio of male scientists won the Nobel Prize in 1962 for “discovering” the structure of DNA, they owed much of their success to colleague and our next ‘Woman In Science’, Rosalind Franklin. Trained as a chemist and X-ray crystallographer, Franklin directed part of the research team, and was especially brilliant when it came to microscopic imaging. Notably, Photo 51, an X-ray diffraction image that was taken under her supervision, is considered one of the most significant breakthroughs to understanding the double helix structure.

Been to a zoo? Well you owe a lot of what you see to this next woman. Joan Procter was fascinated by animals – especially reptiles and amphibians – from a young age. Her curiosity led her to a job and the National History Museum in London, where, despite not having a college education, she began engaging in academic zoology. As Curator of Reptiles for the London Zoo, she came up with a revolutionary idea that’s still very much in practice in zoos around the world today: modeling the animals’ zoo habitats after the animals’ natural habitats in the wild. It gives us a happier and healthier animals in captivity, and helps improve our understanding of them as both a scientist and as lovers of the zoo.

And finally, Elizabeth Blackwell grew up in a world where becoming a doctor wasn’t something that was the norm. Like many other professional pursuits, physicianship was a career held by men. But Elizabeth Blackwell believed she could do anything a man could do. After following her passion, she became the first woman to ever graduate from medical college. She was notably known for her influence in typhoid fever, helping establish England’s first medical school for women, and in the process, became one of the most admired physicians of her time.

Like we mentioned before, this collaboration means a lot to us. Not only are we celebrating inclusivity, science, and Rachel’s amazing work, but we’re celebrating women and STEM education. As part of this collaboration, we’ll be donating 20% of every pair sold to Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.

So what are you waiting for? Check out these amazing limited edition socks and grab them while you can – all while donating to an amazing organization, Girls Who Code. If you want to learn more about Rachel Ignotofsky, check out the blog we wrote about her as part of our Cool Girl series.

You’re Never Too Old to Glow in the Dark

You’re Never Too Old to Glow in the Dark
by Mortimer Q. Stockings

Sure, I can see why you might think glow-in-the-dark socks are for kids only. There are plenty of awesome Sock It to Me glow-in-the-dark kids’ socks and glow-in-the-dark toddler socks, like Stellar Whales or Arch-eology. But, as I recently learned, you’re never too old to enjoy something glowing in the dark.

I remember getting a glow-in-the-dark yo-yo for my fifth or sixth birthday. I was so excited—I immediately took it to the bathroom and turned off the lights, just to see it glow. For weeks afterward, I practiced in the bathroom in the dark, perfecting my tricks, wondering what caused that eerie green glow. When you’re five or six, it seems like something akin to magic.

I practiced until I was confident enough to go outside one night and try to impress the older kids on the block. I did a pretty good Rock the Baby and Around the Corner, but it was my Walk the Dog that left everyone gasping in astonishment.

There was one kid who seemed jealous of my tricks. He went around the group telling anyone who would listen that the only reason it glowed was because it had been dipped in special paint. “Anything can glow if you dip it in the special paint.” It didn’t take long for him to convince the other kids that there was nothing magical about my glowing yo-yo.

With the other kids losing interest, so did I, and ever since I’ve told myself that there’s nothing cool about glow-in-the-dark anything. “Anything can glow if you dip it in the special paint.”

Well, I recently bought a pair of Men’s Laboratory crew socks. They’re great looking socks. I love the beakers. I wear them… periodically!

Then I saw the label, “These socks glow in the dark!” At first, I was annoyed. Did I pay extra for something I don’t need? (As it turns out, no, they’re the same price as non-glowing socks).

I put them on the following morning and I didn’t give them a second thought until I was walking home from the bus stop later that night. I noticed an eerie green phosphorescence emanating from my ankles. I lifted my pants cuff to get a better look.

I couldn’t help it. I chuckled. And I couldn’t stop grinning for the entire walk home.

I realized, you can enjoy glow-in-the-dark socks as an adult. And, amazingly enough, I enjoyed them for the same reason I loved my yo-yo when I was a kid. Because they stood out. Because they’re different and nobody else I know has them. Because they’re soooooo cool and you can have fun with them.

The socks made me feel like a kid again. The biggest difference is that I didn’t rush into the bathroom and turn off the lights to get the instant gratification of seeing them glow. I recommend doing what I did: putting them on in the morning, going about your long day, and setting yourself up for a surprise when it gets dark.

As soon as I got home, I went to sockittome.com and ordered Speed of Feet, so that I could have two pairs of glow-in-the-dark socks.

Science and Sock It to Me!

Nerd Much?, a nerdy pop culture site, noticed that we’ve had some science going on!

Our new fall line is, as Nerd Much? put it, “loaded with extra nerdy science-inspired designs”. We are getting a little spacey, and gamey, and alieny! Just look at all these science socks from our new release.

Pile of Sock It to Me science socks.

They also noted that we have science socks in all sizes—from kids to wide calf. Nothing gets past them!

See what else Nerd Much? says about our seriously scientific socks in their article.