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
Yesterday was a day of firsts for the United States government. One hundred women were sworn into the House of Representatives and six women into the Senate. The speaker of the house is also a woman… Nancy Pelosi. The first Native American women, the first Muslim woman, the first Palestinian-American woman also joined the team. One hundred years after some women were first granted the right to vote in 1918. Continue reading
The world watched as the U.S. midterm elections happened yesterday. Although the Republicans maintained control of the Senate, the Democrats took over the House. States like Michigan went entirely blue. And there were a lot of firsts. Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez is now the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. The first Muslim women were elected to Congress when Ilhan Omar, a refugee who fled the war in Somalia, was elected in Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, was elected in Michigan. Continue reading
March is Women’s History Month. There are so many strong and fearless women who should be honoured. From Susan B. Anthony who helped get women the right to vote, to Anne Frank, a young girl sharing her story about the Holocaust from a hidden room. From Marie Curie, the first person to win a Nobel Prize for her radiation research to Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize recipient, who survived being shot for speaking out against the Taliban in support of girls’ education. Continue reading