Womens History Month
Women’s history month – Important Women in History
March is Women’s History Month. Women have made great contributions to this nation and are celebrated throughout the month of March. Here are some remarkable women who helped lead others and make America great for all people.
After escaping from slavery, Tubman helped others break free by taking them through series of underground railroads. She was an abolitionist and political activist. She rescued nearly 70 people from slavery.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
A hospital nurse during the American Civil War, Barton founded the American Red Cross. She was self-taught and made amazing strides for women working outside the home.
“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”
Susan B. Anthony
Anthony played a vital role during the women’s right movement that sought to end women’s suffrage. She publicly shared her ideas and paved the road for women to vote, though she died 14 years before the right was passed. She was even arrested for attempting to vote.
“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”
Louisa May Alcott
An American novelist, Alcott is best known for writing Little Women. She was an abolitionist and feminist. Initially she began working as a nurse during the Civil War but came down with typhoid. Fortunately she recovered and wrote various books and poems throughout her writing career.
“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.”
A pioneer for American aviation, Earhart was the first female pilot to ever fly solo across the Atlantic. She broke records and wrote best-selling books about her experiences. Sadly, on a flight over the Pacific in 1937, Earhart and her navigator disappeared, never to be seen again.
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”
A Lemhi Shoshone woman, Sacagawea is best known for helping the Lewis and Clark expedition. She traveled with the expedition helping to establish native contacts and explore the Louisiana Territory. She was a symbol of independence and courage.
Abolitionist and women’s right activist, Truth managed to escape slavery with her infant daughter. She was the first woman of color to win a court case against a white man when she went to retrieve her son. She famously delivered a speech in Akron, OH titled “Ain’t I a Woman?”
“Truth is powerful and it prevails.”
Another leader of the women’s suffrage movement, Woodhull was the first woman to ever run for president of the United States. Her running mate was a black man, Frederick Douglass and they ran on the Equal Rights Party ticket.
“I now announce myself as candidate for the Presidency. I anticipate criticism; but however unfavorable I trust that my sincerity will not be called into question.”
Margaret Chase Smith
A United States politician for the Republican party, Smith became the first woman to serve in both houses of congress and the first woman to represent Maine. She was also the first woman to be placed for nomination for presidency in a major political party.
Parks is synonymous with the civil rights movement and is best known for her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She became known as the “first lady of the civil rights movement” and “mother of the freedom movement.”
“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
Sandra Day O’Connor
The first woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice, Day O’Connor served from 1981-2006. She was part of the federalist movement and became a swing vote on many contentious decisions.
“Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.”
A physicist and astronaut, Ride first joined NASA in 1978. She went on to become the first woman in space in 1983 and is still the youngest person in space at age 32.
“When you’re getting ready to launch into space, you’re sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen.”
Author, political activist and lecturer, Keller was the first blind and deaf person to earn a bachelor’s degree. Her story has been made famous through her Autobiography, The Story of My Life. She was outspoken and campaigned for many causes during her life.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”