March is Women’s History Month...31 days to honor trailblazing ladies. Here are just a few to inspire you!
Julia Morgan – First woman architect licensed to practice in California (1898). Known for her work on Hearst Castle.
Edith Wharton – First woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction (1921) for “The Age of Innocence.”
Aretha Franklin – First woman inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1987). The Queen of Soul has 18 Grammys.
Kathryn Bigelow – First woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director (2010) for “The Hurt Locker.”
Frances Perkins – First woman member of a Presidential Cabinet (1933). She served as Secretary of Labor under President Roosevelt.
Betty Mae Tiger Jumper – First woman tribal chief in North America (1967). She was elected chairperson of the Seminole Tribe.
Anna Bissell – First woman CEO in the United States (1898). Her husband invented the Bissell carpet sweeper, but she ran the company.
Norma Yaeger – First woman allowed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (1962).
Gertrude Ederle – First woman to swim the English Channel (1926) when she was 19 years old. (It was her second attempt.)
Junko Tabei – First woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest (1975) at age 35.
Janet Guthrie – First woman to compete in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 races (1977).
Stephanie Ready – First woman to coach a men’s professional sports team (2001).
Jacqueline Cochran – First woman to break the sound barrier (1953). She holds more speed and distance records for flying than anyone in history!
Valentina Tereshkova – First woman to travel in space (1963) as a Russian cosmonaut.
The list of talented women is endless (and I’m including you & me here), so in March, let’s hear it for the ladies!