Facts You’d Like to Know for Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s History Month. How will you celebrate? Start off by discovering some of the amazing contributions women have made throughout time via this short list facts. Then, search for even more historical contributions and share the information you learn with everyone you know!

Susan B. Anthony

February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906

Susan B. Anthony as an American women’s rights activist and social reformer. She played a huge role in the movement for women’s suffrage – specifically, women’s right to vote.

Harriet Tubman

1822 – March 10, 1913

Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist and humanitarian. She was born into slavery in the United States, but escaped to Philadelphia in 1849. Afterward, she went back South and made thirteen missions to the North via the Underground Railroad to lead seventy slaves to freedom. Later, during the American Civil War, Harriet Tubman also served as an armed scout and spy for the US Army.

Amelia Bloomer

May 27, 1818 – December 30, 1894

Amelia Bloomer was known as an American activist for women’s rights and temperance. She was the very first woman to edit, operate, and own a news vehicle for women – a monthly newspaper known as “The Lily”. She published this paper from 1849 until 1853.

Helen Keller

June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968

Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was also a known political activist, American author, and lecturer.

Bessie Smith

April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937

Bessie Smith was a famous American Blues singer. In fact, during the 1920s and 1930s, she was the most popular Blues singer and influenced many other musicians of her era. Today, Bessie Smith is still regarded as one of the greatest musicians of her time.

Amelia Earhart

July 24, 1897 – (Disappeared) 1937

Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to this, Amelia wrote multiple best-selling books, helped form The Ninety-Nines, and set various records. She unfortunately disappeared somewhere above the central Pacific Ocean in 1937 during an attempt to fly completely across the globe.

Shirley Chisholm

November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005

Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman to be elected to the United States Congress, representing the 12th Congressional District in New York for seven terms. In addition to her political career from 1969-1983, Chisholm was also an educator and an author.

Sandra Day O’Connor

March 26, 1930 – (Currently age 87)

Sandra Day O’Connor was the first to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and served as Associate Justice from 1981 until 2006.

Sally Ride

May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012

Sally Ride was an astronaut and physicist. She joined NASA in 1978 and made history in 1983 as the first American woman to ever enter space. Additionally, Sally Ride still holds the record as the youngest American astronaut to ever travel to space. (She took her journey at age 32).

Maya Angelou

April 4, 1928 – May 28, 1928

Maya Angelou was a famous memoirist, Civil Rights activist, lecturer, and poet. She was also an actress, director, writer, and producer of various movies, plays, and television programs. However, throughout all of the many accolades she received, Maya Angelou was most noted for her series of autobiographies and poems.

 

These are only a few of the amazing things women have done throughout history. For Women’s History Month this year, spend some time learning about other ways that women have contributed to our country. The professionals here at Chris Myers Buick GMC in Daphne, AL look forward to hearing more about your search.