Let's Hear It For The Ladies!

March is Women’s History Month, 31 days to honor trailblazing ladies. Here are just a few!

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker – Only woman to be awarded the Medal of Honor (for her service as a surgeon during the Civil War).

Jane Addams – Founder of Hull House in Chicago, first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize  (1931).

Sally Ride - First American woman in space (1983) on the space shuttle Challenger.

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.”

Maya Angelou – First black woman to have a screenplay produced (1971). She’s been nominated for a Tony, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize.

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.

Billie Jean King – Trailblazer for LGBTQ rights and #1 tennis star.

Joan Ganz Cooney – Creator of Sesame Street, which has educated children in all areas of life for almost 50 years (since 1969).  

The list of talented women is endless (and I’m including you & me here), so in March, let’s hear it for the ladies!


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