The International Day of the Girl Child was this past weekend and I saw something posted that really made me pause. It mentioned that at age 15 Joan of Arc led a French army in a victory battle, Anne Frank had written a diary about being a Jewish girl hiding in a city occupied by the Nazis that went on to become a world-renowned book, Greta Thunberg inspired a global movement to stop climate change, and Malala was shot for speaking out in support of girls’ education and has since graduated from Oxford and won the Nobel Peace Prize. These girls changed the world. Continue reading
Women have done some incredible things.
Marie Curie (1867-1934) was a physicist and scientist who discovered radium and was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was a civil rights activist who helped change the world by refusing to give up her seat on the bus. Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) was the United Kingdom’s first female prime minister. Lord Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was a mathematician who was also the first computer programmer. Sappho (570 BC) was the first known female writer and Plato said she was one of the ten greatest poets. Cleopatra (69BC-30BC) was the leader of Egypt when the Roman Empire was trying to take over. The patron saint of France, Joan of Arc (1412-1431) fought for France against the English and led them to a victory at Orleans when she was only 17 years old. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) wrote the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin and was an anti-slavery advocate. Lincoln said her book was a catalyst for the American Civil War. Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) fought for women’s rights and was a key player in the suffragette movement to get the vote for women. Continue reading
Five hundred and eighty nine years ago today, at age 17, Joan of Arc fought in her first battle for the French against the English at Orleans during the Hundred Years’ War over who would rule France. The French won that battle which was a big moment in the war and led to France regaining control of their country years later. Joan went on to fight in more battles for her country and was eventually captured by the English army. Continue reading