Women’s history Month – 2019


161992 – Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman U.S. senator. 

1992- Dr Mae Carol Jemison First African American Woman in Space

Maya Angelou ...known for her enormous output of poetry, essays, autobiography and theater, she captured the essence of what it meant to be a woman, an African American, and a sensitive and forward-thinking citizen of this nation and the world.  

 1957 – Althea Gibson became the first black woman to win a major U.S. tennis title when she won the Women’s National clay-court singles competition.

Mary Jackson   retired from the NASA Langley Research Center in 1985 as an Aeronautical Engineer after 34 years. NASA pioneer

Janet Emerson Bashen is the first African-American woman to receive a patent for developing LinkLine software, an equal opportunity program which tracks EEO investigations from the beginning to the end stages.

Dorothy Vaughan,  head of the NACA’s segregated West Area Computing Unit, Vaughan was both a respected mathematician and NASA’s first African-American manager. NASA pioneer

Elizabeth Peratrovich was a civil rights leader ahead of her time. Her activism led to passage of the Alaska Territory’s first anti-discrimination act (1945).

 

Katherine Johnson, said her greatest contribution to space exploration was the calculations that helped synch Project Apollo’s Lunar Lander with the moon-orbiting Command and Service Module. She also worked on the Space Shuttle and the Earth Resources Satellite, and authored or coauthored 26 research reports

Elizabeth Peratrovich   An Alaska Native of the Tlingit nation grew up in a small Alaska village and was orphaned at a young age. She and her husband Roy, also of the Tlingit nation, had three children and moved to Juneau seeking more opportunities.

2017 Aramis Ayala:The 1st Black Woman state Attorney said no to death penalty

1925 Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.

MAMÁ TINGÓ Florinda Soriano Munoz, known as Mamá Tingó, was born on November 8, 1921, in the Dominican Republic. A peasant farmer, or campesino, she fought for the land rights of fellow campesinos as a member of the Federation of Christian Agrarian Leagues, a group of over 350 who stood for the right to their lands for decades after unjust redistribution. Though elderly and illiterate, she was an effective and passionate leader.

Shonda Rhimes TV writer and producer  and her many complex Black women heroines

Pat Maginnis was the first abortion activist in U.S. history. From distributing leaflets on a street corner to an illegal underground railroad of abortion services, she is an unsung hero in the fight for reproductive justice.

Pauli Murray was a civil rights and women’s rights activist decades ahead of her time. Facing lifelong discrimination based on her race and sex, she persisted and became an accomplished attorney, author, activist, academic, and spiritual leader.

LILI’UOKALANI The first and last queen of Hawai’i, Lili’uokalani was born Lydia Lili’uloloku Walania Wewehi Kamaka’eha on September 2, 1838. When King Kamehameha V died in 1874, Lydia’s brother was selected to rule. Three years later she was named heir to the throne. Her name changed from Lydia to Lili’uokalani to represent her royal lineage. Her brother ruled until his death in 1891, when she took his place.

Dr. Olivia Hooker, 1st Black Woman in U.S. Coast Guard

1925   Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming is sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.

Margaret Dunkle played a key role in implementing Title IX, the law that transformed education for women and girls, from athletic fields to graduate schools. Her groundbreaking 1974 report documenting discrimination against female athletes became the blueprint for the Title IX regulations on athletics.

1942 Julia Flikke of the Nurse Corps becomes the first woman colonel in the U.S. Army.
1918 Women are scheduled to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York due to a shortage of men.

Saru Jayaraman Attorney  responded to the 9/11 tragedy by organizing displaced World Trade Center workers and co-founding ROC United. A national labor leader and researcher, she helps restaurant workers mobilize with employers and consumers for better wages and working conditions through policy change, workplace justice campaigns, cooperatively-owned restaurants, and more.

 

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