This month has been recognized since 1987 when Congress designated it. We chose the image Rosie the Riveter as she depicts a time in history where women were on the forefront of the economy working in defense industries during World War II. Rosie the Riveter represents a group of women who varied in race, class, geography and background.
We enjoyed reading about these strong women in history and the challenges they overcame.
- Amelia Earhart – first woman to fly solo across Atlantic ocean, 1935.
- Athea Gibson – first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title, 1957.
- Susan B. Anthony – author, publisher, women’s activist
- Lillian D. Wald – nurse, women and children’s activist
- Mother Teresa – formed hospices in homes for people with tuberculosis, HIV and leprosy.
- Eunice Shriver- founded the Special Olympics, 1968.
- Clara Barton – founder of the American Red Cross.
- Nellie Tayloe Ross – first United States female governor, Wyoming 1925.
- Sally Ride – first United States astronaut in space, 1983.
- Marie Curie – first woman to win a Nobel Prize, Physics 1903.
- Edith Wharton – first woman to win Pulitzer Prize, novel Age of Innocence,1920
- Frances Perkins, first woman of a presidential cabinet, Secretary of Labor 1933.
- All American Girls Professional Baseball League, first professional baseball league for women, 1943.
For more information on this month, the history behind it and events taking place, please visit http://womenshistorymonth.gov/