Women’s History Month

Influential Women of the 20th Century: Monday M’s

Influential Women of the 20th Century Monday M’s Women contributed so much to areas of politics, science, and entertainment in the 20th century, though many of their efforts were eclipsed or outright overwritten by male counterparts. Today’s Monday, so here are some influential women of the 20th century, whose names all happen to start with…

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Ella Fitzgerald Biography: The Queen of Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald Biography: The Queen of Jazz Beginnings Ella began an unforgiving life as soon as she moved with her step-dad to world-famous Harlem, New York, after her mother died from injuries related to a car accident. It was there that her grades took a turn for the worse and she soon became homeless, working…

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Emily Dickinson: American Poet

Emily Dickinson: American Poet “Forever is composed of nows.” A Quiet Life Emily Dickinson was a prolific American poet who was born in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1830. Her grandfather was the founder of Amherst college, and she had two siblings: a brother Austin, and Lavinia, her sister. Though her family was prominent and well-educated in…

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Amelia Earhart: A Flying Legend

Amelia Earhart: Flying Legend “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” Beginnings Amelia Earhart, born in 1897, was an American pilot and pioneer in women’s aviation. After serving in the Red Cross in World War I, she attended Columbia University as a pre-med; with financial constraints stemming from her family inheritance,…

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NASA’s Own: Sally Ride

NASA’s Own: Sally Ride “The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.” Introduction Sally Ride was the first LGBT astronaut, the first American woman in space, and worked for the NASA space program from 1978 until 1987, after which she served on the committees that investigated the Columbia and Challenger disasters. She was…

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Edith Roosevelt

Edith Roosevelt on creating the modern First Lady Edith Roosevelt was thrust into the role of  First Lady in 1901 when her husband Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt assumed the presidency after President McKinley’s assassination. The First Lady was, first and foremost, the hostess of the White House. With the country in mourning, Edith could not fulfill…

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Betty Ford

Betty Ford Becoming The First Lady  You may or may not have heard of the Watergate Scandal, which forced president Richard Nixon to resign. Consequently, Vice President Gerald Ford became the President, which meant Betty Ford would become the First Lady. Out of nowhere, Betty had this huge responsibility dropped on her unexpectedly. However, she…

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Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross and the creation of the American Flag. What’s blue and white and red all over? The American Flag, of course! The United States flag has been around since 1776, but who actually created and designed this iconic piece of history? Betsy Ross is perhaps the best-known public figure from the American Revolutionary era…

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Madam CJ Walker

The First Self-Made Female Millionaire Madam CJ Walker Early Life Of Sarah Breedlove Born as Sarah Breedlove, she became known as Madam CJ Walker when she married her second husband, Charles J. Walker. Her early life was rough, just like many Black women experienced in the 1800’s. Orphaned at only six years old, and then…

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Bessie Coleman

The First Female African-American Pilot Bessie Coleman Bessie Coleman’s Early Life Bessie Coleman was one of 13 children, with parents who were both illiterate sharecroppers. By the time she reached childhood, Coleman’s father left his family to go to Oklahoma for better work opportunities. Her mother and brothers eventually left for better work as well,…

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