Notable women for Women’s History Month

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The First International Women’s day was in 1911. About seventy years later, President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The popularity of this week grew and grew, and by 1986, fourteen states declared March as Women’s History Month. Since 1988, every President has proclaimed March to be Women’s History Month.

I did purposefully choose women that are not as well known, which doesn’t mean that people like Rosa Parks or Harriet Tubman don’t belong on this list, it just means that other women should be as well-known too. They have been listed in a random order as well.

Harriet Chalmers Adams.

She was basically the first woman to wear a pith helmet, even though she was alive when women were supposed to sit and do basically nothing but gossip. She wrote for “National Geographic” and helped create the Society of Women Geographers. She was also the only female journalist to be let in the trenches during World War I (bustle.com)

Anne Edison Taylor. On her 63rd birthday (Oct. 14, 1901), she decided to do what nobody else had done before. She was the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel. Inside she had her lucky pillow, which must have helped since she did it successfully without dying (bustle.com). That would be a hard pass from me.

Claudia Gordon. She is currently working with for- mer President Barack Obama to solve disability issues that affect the whole nation. She is also the first black deaf lawyer in America and the first deaf student to graduate from American University’s law school (sheknows.com).

Hatshepsut. Most people know about her, but that wasn’t always the case. After her death, somebody tried to erase basically everything about her from the buildings she created. I think it’s safe to assume that this is because she was a woman who successful ruled Egypt for 22 years during the Eighteenth Dynasty. Egypt was peaceful and prosperous under her rule, and she even prevented a civil war (bustle.com).

Maria Tallchief. As a Native American ballerina, she faced discrimination as a child, which is what led to her name (Tall Chief) being combined into one word. She was America’s first prima ballerina, the star of the famous New York City ballet, and the first famous Native American ballerina (bustle. com).

Annie “Londonderry” Cohen Kopchovsky. Two guys in Boston in 1895 made a bet that a woman could never take care of herself. Annie took them on, and they gave her 15 months to prove it. She did it by cycling around the world – the first woman to do so. She had also never ridden a bicycle before (bustle.com).

Emmeline Pankhurst. In 1903, she awakened thou- sands of women to the topic of demanding, not politely asking, for their democratic right to the parliamentary vote in Edwardian Britain. She went through 13 imprisonments to bring attention to women’s need to be involved (historyextra.com).

Ada Lovelace. She is considered as the first computer programmer. Considering that the computer science and STEM industry in general is pretty much still dominated by men, I thought that it was really interesting that the first computer programmer was a woman (historyextra.com).

Rosalind Franklin. She basically discovered the double helix structure of DNA. She was the one that took the famous X-ray picture of a dark cross of dots, or the molecular spiral. Since DNA kits like Ancestry.com are popular right now, I also found this interesting (historyextra.com).

Jillian Marcado. About four years ago, Marcado was hired for a Diesel Jeans ad campaign. Close to one year after her appearance with Diesel Jeans, she was signed with IMG Models – one of the first models with a physical disability to be signed. She has been in Beyoncé’s merchandise campaign for her Formation tour and also starred in Target commercials (sheknows.com).

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