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International Women’s Day 2019

Every year on International Women’s Day (it is past midnight) we would like to call the attention on our fantastic ladies, and of course all autistic ladies in general.
https://amazingautisticladies.wordpress.com/ or https://exceptionalautisticladies.wordpress.com/ (just a different background)

We do this because until not too long ago it was believed that only autistic males were blessed with extraordinary gifts, so it is very important to point out that this is not the case, and that autistic ladies are just as gifted as autistic gentlemen. Of course statistically there are more men than women on the spectrum, but they are equally blessed with gifts.

A big thank-you to all our ladies for having enriched the autistic community and the world at large with their gifts!

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Amazing Autistic Ladies

These are our outstanding ladies (from our Autism Hall of Fame) who all deserve our recognition on International Women’s Day. They are all really amazing. When we add new ladies to our Hall of Fame this list will also be updated of course.

We have also just created a separate website for these ladies (here or here).

Andria Antonakos, photographer (USA)

Jessica-Jane Applegate, Paralympics swimmer (UK)

Shanade Aylett, artist (Australia)

Rachel Barcellona, model (USA)

Amber Black, athlete and reiki master healer (USA)

Lucy Blackman, author (Australia)

Nekea Blagoev, artist (Australia)

Nora Blansett, artist (Canada)

Ellen Boudreaux, timekeeping wizard and musician featured in Islands of Genius by Darold Treffert (USA)

Dani Bowman, animator (with her own animation company) and speaker (USA)

Susan Boyle, singer, finalist of Britain’s Got Talent 2009 (UK)

Phillipa “Pip” Brown (Ladyhawke), indie rock musician (New Zealand)

Tammy Carr, artist (UK)

Elizabeth Catlin, mnemonist (USA)

Caitlin Churcher, artistic gymnast (UK)

Lizzy Clark, actress (UK)

Bekah Cook, dancer (UK)

Michelle Dawson, autism researcher (Canada)

Marcy Deutsch, artist (USA)

Nicole Dimond, artist (Australia)

Jodi DiPiazza, musician and singer (USA)

Sydney Edmond, artist, poet, lecturer and classical ballet student (USA)

Jasmin Egner, actress (Germany/UK)

Judy Endow, author and speaker (USA)

Marie Faverio, artist, writer (various genres incl. poetry, puzzles, aphorisms, translations and research), inventor of a secret language and musician (Australia)

Carly Fleischmann, author, songwriter and entertainer (Canada)

Kimberly Gerry-Tucker, artist and writer (USA)

Temple Grandin, animal behavior researcher, author and speaker featured in Islands of Genius by Darold Treffert, Asperger’s and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope through Famous Role Models by Norm Ledgin, in Create Your Own Economy by Tyler Cowen as well as in The High-Flying Obsessives, an article by Karen Gold in The Guardian (2000) (USA)

April Dawn Griffin, artist (Canada)

Iris Grace Halmshaw, artist (UK)

Daryl Hannah, actress (USA)

AK_Hevonen, artist (Germany)

Ann Kagarise, author and photographer (USA)

Deirdre Kenney, artist (USA)

Amrit Khurana, artist (India)

Cynthia Kim, writer (USA)

Heather Kuzmich, model (USA)

Amanda LaMunyon, artist (USA)

Anita Lesko, author (USA)

Deborah Locke, former detective (Australia)

Courtney Love, musician, actress and artist (USA)

Rachel Lucas, writer (UK)

Flo and Kay Lyman, mnemonists featured in Islands of Genius by Darold Treffert (USA)

Brittany Maier, musician featured in Islands of Genius by Darold Treffert (USA)

Nina Marker, model (Denmark)

Andrea Michael, artist (Australia)

Heidi Mortenson, electronic composer, singer and producer (Denmark)

Haley Moss, artist and writer (USA)

Phoebe Murer, artist (USA)

Laura Nadine, musician (USA)

Michelle Marie Newman, artist (USA)

Mary Newport, artist, musician and actress featured in Mozart and the Whale (USA)

Ana Valle Ocando, artist (Ecuador)

Jasmine Lee O’Neill, author, artist and musician (USA)

Carissa Paccerelli, artist and writer (USA)

Jessica Park, artist (USA)

Lisa Perini, artist and musician (Italy)

Dawn Prince-Hughes, primate anthropologist, ethologist and author (USA)

Jeanette Purkis, author, poet, artist and speaker (Australia)

Colleen Ranney, artist, author and poet (Canada)

Dora Raymaker, scientist, writer, artist and public speaker (USA)

Jo Redman, kickboxer (UK)

Ann Riggott, artist and author (USA)

Sue Rubin, author (USA)

Amy Sequenzia, poet (USA)

Henriett Seth, author, poet, musician and artist (Hungary)

Mikaela Sheldt, artist, photographer and poet (USA)

Anna Silivonchik, multi-media artist (Russia)

Rudy Simone, author, musician and actress (USA)

Rosemary Stephens, artist (UK)

Sarah Stup, writer (USA)

Beki Tara, artist (Australia)

Stephanie Tihanyi, artist (Sint Maarten)

Talina Toscano, singer and songwriter (USA)

Maja Toudal, singer, songwriter, author and public speaker (Denmark)

Penelope Trunk, author and businesswoman (USA)

Sarah E. Vaughn, artist (USA)

Jadyn Waiser, athlete (USA)

Heidi Webster, artist (USA)

Angela Weddle, artist (USA)

Liane Holliday Willey, author and education professor (USA)

Donna Williams, poet, artist, author, songwriter and screenwriter (Australia)

Alexis Wineman, model (USA)

Emma Zurcher-Long, writer, public speaker and singer featured in Unspoken (USA)

The ladies below have been mentioned as (possibly) autistic in books or essays published  by established authors.

#Joy Adamson, naturalist, artist and author featured in Asperger’s Syndrome: A Gift or a Curse? by Michael Fitzgerald and Viktoria Lyons (former Austria-Hungary)

#Daisy Bates, journalist and welfare worker featured in Unstoppable Brilliance by Michael Fitzgerald and Antoinette Walker (Ireland/Australia)

#Marie Curie, physicist and chemist featured in Asperger’s and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope through Famous Role Models by Norm Ledgin and (like her daughter) also mentioned in the January 2003 Issue of Singular Scientists in an article by Ioan James (Poland/France)

#Dian Fossey, zoologist featured in Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes by Jennifer Elder (USA)

#Patricia Highsmith, writer featured in Asperger’s Syndrome: A Gift or a Curse? by Michael Fitzgerald and Viktoria Lyons and in Asperger Syndrome and High Achievement by Ioan James (USA)

#Irène Joliot-Curie, Marie Curie’s daughter, scientist mentioned as possibly having Asperger’s in the January 2003 Issue of Singular Scientists in an article by Ioan James (France)

#Barbara McClintock, scientist and cytogeneticist featured in Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes by Jennifer Elder (USA)

#Julia Robinson, mathematician featured in Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes by Jennifer Elder (USA)

#Simone Weil, philosopher and activist featured in The Genesis of Artistic Creativity and Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Creativity by Michael Fitzgerald as well as Asperger Syndrome and High Achievement by Ioan James (France/UK)


Happy International Women’s Day 2017

On International Women’s Day we would like to invite you to have a look at the extraordinary accomplishments of the ladies of our Autism Hall of Fame. You can also visit our The Genius of Autism Wikia and go to the Photo Section (which currently has two pages) where you can see photos of all the people who have already been included, so you can also quickly see our ladies.

It seems to be obvious that autism, creativity and genius are not only present in men as believed in the past. The reasons for that fallacy are that before the Internet only some geniuses of the past were well-known, and in the past unfortunately women didn’t have many rights and were not supposed to make a career or be smart. Let’s take Mozart and his sister for example. Mozart is believed to have had Asperger’s (he is not on our list because our list is only for contemporary geniuses) and everybody knows him. But what about his sister? His sister was also very talented, but although she was allowed to play as a child, as she grew up she had to follow the rules of her times and had to give up playing to form a family. Here is the Wikipedia entry on her. And here is an article on her. So that’s also why in the past it was believed that the connection between autism and genius was only present in men. Women were not allowed to pursue their dreams and their talents. Now with the Internet as well as emancipation we can all enjoy the great achievements of our ladies, and believe us, although we have not counted them and don’t have statistics if you look at our list you will see that they are certainly not underrepresented.

Congratulations to all our wonderful ladies, and Happy International Women’s Day!