March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and is a time to celebrate and remember the strong women who have made an impact in our history.shutterstock_158602217 - ONLY USE FOR EDITORIAL

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/

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