The first female war photographer took enormous risks—and died in battle at 26

Gerda Taro’s images were searing, disquieting, and groundbreaking, and they helped spawn an entire field—war photography.

Today (Aug. 1), to mark the 108th anniversary of her birth, she has been honored with a Google Doodle.

On July 25, 1937, at just 26, she became the first female photojournalist to die in battle. After ignoring warnings to stay away from the frontline at the height of the Spanish Civil War—during which she took her most-celebrated photos—an out-of-control republican army tank plowed into the car she had hitched a ride on.

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33 Best Trips And Tips For Solo Female Travel

Solo female travel just keeps getting hotter. According to the George Washington University School of Business, nearly two-thirds of today’s travelers are women. The Travel Industry Association reports that an estimated 32 million American women travel alone every year. And travel companies are seeing a big uptick in interest from solo female travelers. Hostelworld, the largest online hostel-booking platform, has seen a growth in female solo bookings of 45% between 2015 and 2017.

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The Importance of the Female Lens in Photography

Photographer Jill Greenberg recently gave this 8-minute talk at TEDxWabashCollege on the importance of and discrimination against female photographers.

“Walking us through her personal experience, Jill Greenberg explains the problem of only seeing the world from a man’s perspective,” TEDx Talks writes.

Greenberg became world famous (and infamous) several years ago for her somewhat controversial End Times portraits of toddlers crying.

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Hot Plates: Documentary about women in the restaurant business — ‘we need to get a little louder’

Although more than half of culinary school graduates are women, fewer than 7 percent of restaurant owners and head chefs are female, according to a Bloomberg News statistic James cites. And when Time magazine ran a story earlier this decade lauding “Gods of the Kitchen,” a roundup of top culinary talent that exclusively featured men, James, a former newspaper reporter who worked at her mother’s restaurant growing up, found the enraging inspiration for her first documentary film.

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After working in a world of ‘tech bros,’ this woman founded a female-only island

We’ve all had those moments, whether you’re drowning in work in a cramped cubicle or just tired of the daily grind. In those moments, a thought might cross your mind, like “I wish I could escape to a private island.”

Well, entrepreneur Kristina Roth actually made that happen. She’s not just escaping to an island, she owns it. And she’s opening it up to women worldwide. But men? They’re not allowed.

Read @ CNBC