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Aibarr used to be a structural forensics associate with a major failure analysis firm's branch office in Los Angeles, but she has recently decided that she's not paid enough to deal with intellectual abuse and decided to take a higher-paying, more rewarding job in her home state of Texas, designing hospitals and stadiums and other really awesome structures with a really fantastic firm at their Houston headquarters. She was formerly a civil engineering graduate student at the University of Illinois, her primary function there having been bemoaning the endless expanse of corn fields she'd managed to move to. Yes, she is — rather shockingly — a female engineer, but sorry guys, she's taken. In fact, she's got a ring and she's getting hitched.

Professionally and academically, Aibarr is a structural engineering associate with research interests in structural failure and seismic retrofit, being the only known expert in the very narrow field of consequence-based retrofit prioritization of Southern Illinois bridge networks. She has additionally written a fairly extensive and comprehensive field guide to weld discontinuities, though nobody actually uses it. Her interests include music in a wide range of genres, insulting thousands of college sports fans at a go, and helping drunken Brits find their lost chickens. You can hear her read the spoken version of macular degeneration.

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Aletta Jacobs (1854–1929) was a Dutch physician and women's suffrage activist. Jacobs strove throughout her life to change laws that limited women's access to equality, starting in 1883 with an unsuccessful court challenge and eventually achieving success 100 years ago today, on 18 September 1919, with the signing of a suffrage bill into law. She is also noted for founding the world's first birth control clinic, in 1882. As a child Jacobs yearned to become a doctor like her father and, despite existing barriers, she fought to gain entry to higher education and became the first woman officially to attend a Dutch university, and one of the first female physicians in the Netherlands. Providing medical services to women and children, she grew concerned over the health of working women, and although she continued to practice medicine until 1903, she increasingly turned her attention to activism with a view to improving women's lives. In addition to her suffrage work she led campaigns aimed at deregulating prostitution, improving women's working conditions, and promoting peace.Photograph credit: Max Büttinghausen; restored by Adam Cuerden