Monthly Archives: November 2009

Gossamer – Stronger Than Steel

At the recent Womensphere event, Abha Dawesar spoke about spider silk. It is, she said, stringer than steel. Gossamer – doesn’t the name sound ephemeral? Fragile and glistening are words that come to mind. In fact, the U.S. Army is studying spider silk as a material for bulletproof vests.

Spider silk is versatile as well. There are at least five different kinds, each designed for a different purpose. Yes, the spider multitasks. She produces silk for building, silk for nurturing and silk for capturing and storing food.

So many women I know are strong and resilient. They hold many times their weight in responsibilities. They stretch themselves thinner and thinner and bounce back.

Are you made of spider silk?