"Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity; it teaches people to accept reality, with wonder and admiration, not to mention the deep awe and joy that the natural order of things brings to the true scientist." --Lise Meitner
Lecture, Austrian UNESCO Commision (30 Mar 1953), in Atomenergie und Frieden: Lise Meitner und Otto Hahn (1953), 23-4. Trans. Ruth Sime, Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics(1996), 375.
Lise Meitner is the Austrian physicist you probably haven't heard of. She's one of many women (like Rosalind Franklin and Chien-Shiung Wu) whose research earned a Nobel Prize--that was instead credited and awarded to the men she worked with. I fell in love with Meitner while reading Richard Rhodes' The Making of the Atomic Bomb*. She won my admiration by being a rigorous and imaginative scientist, and learning about her further opened my eyes to the continued struggle of women in the sciences**.
So why do I bring this up?
Because I'm going to do something with this information!
Already, 10-20% of my own and my partner's income is donated to effective charities*** by way of Giving What We Can. That money goes directly to saving and improving the lives of people all over the world, and I firmly believe that addressing preventable diseases and malnutrition is our top priority as a family of humans on this earth. However, I also want to support the women doing radical (and I mean that literally and colloquially) work in the sciences, and since I'm not a teacher or a scientist or a bajillionaire with the means to fund a School for Gifted Ladies, I will just have to do it the way I do best: donate monaaaaay.
So here's the deal:
Not sure if your idea for a custom piece applies? If it's not obvious (like, you want a geometric griffin or something), make me an argument I can't refuse! If your reasoning is thoughtful and/or hilarious, you know I'll be on board. And, when in doubt, ask! Never be ashamed to ask sincere questions!
*a brilliant work of nonfiction that I highly recommend--with the caveat that, as you may guess from the title, it covers some very dark history
**though Meitner was Austrian and not a WoC, learning about her brought me to discover and celebrate so many overlooked female scientists who suffer continued obscurity or misrepresentation as a result of their gender, race, religion, and/or orientation.