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An amazing and influential leader

Print this article“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” By the age of 9 she could pick … Continue reading

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Women of protest — the 100-year anniversary

Print this article2020 is the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, protecting women’s constitutional right to vote, and allowing women to exercise that legal right. Fact: The 19th Amendment never directly mentioned women. The text actually states, … Continue reading

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An ode to nurses

Print this articleDuring these strange and stressful times, there are many heroes, a wide range of people in service including delivery people, cashiers, farmers, nurses, doctors, bank tellers, EMT’s, firefighters, police, doctors and nurses, and I am sure I probably … Continue reading

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The first woman doctor in Georgia

Print this articleEliza Ann Grier was born enslaved in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, in 1864 but along with her parents, Emily and George Washington Grier, she was freed by the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in1865 when she was … Continue reading

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A singer who offers hope

Print this articleBeverly “Buffy” Sainte Marie was born on Feb. 20, 1941 (or maybe 1942), on the Piapot 75 reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was orphaned as an infant when both of her parents died. She was … Continue reading

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A brave union activist

Print this articleWhile the Great Depression of the 1930s had a huge impact on pretty much everyone, the workers in the U.S. were particularly affected by the devastating loss of jobs and economic deterioration. The women of their period were … Continue reading

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The first lady of libraries

Print this articleCaroline Maria Hewins was born in Roxbury, Mass., on Oct. 10, 1846. Her father was a wealthy Boston merchant who provided a comfortable home for his wife, children, and an extended family of aunts, uncles, and grandmothers. She … Continue reading

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A vibrant lady who influenced others

Print this articleMary Moody Emerson was born on Aug. 23, 1774, on the eve of the American Revolution, in Concord, Mass., the fourth child of Phebe Bliss and the Reverend William Emerson. Both Phebe and William were very spiritual and … Continue reading

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UC-Berkeley’s first dean of women

Print this articleChildren should be seen and not heard. This was a common belief of her time, but one strongly rejected by Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Growing up in a well-to-do family, where children’s days were rigidly scheduled and expectations of … Continue reading

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An activist for Indian rights

Print this articleMary Lucinda Bonney was the fourth of six children born to a devoted Baptist family in Hamilton, New York, on June 8, 1816. Her father was a farmer in good circumstances, said to be a man of integrity, … Continue reading

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One of the most dangerous women in America

Print this articleMary Harris Jones was born on May 1, 1830, in Cork, Ireland. She was the daughter of Roman Catholic tenant farmers, Richard and Ellen Harris. During her early years, she and her family fled the Irish Potato Famine, … Continue reading

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A key voice in the Harlem Renaissance

Print this articleNella Larsen was born Nella Walker, in Chicago on April 13, 1893, to a Danish mother, Mary Hanson. Her father, Peter Walker, was a black West Indian. Whether her father died or simply left a Chicago that was … Continue reading

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Print this articleHighlighting the vital role played by women in history is the goal of Her- Story. Women have always been driven by their dreams, which has resulted in amazing accomplishments. We draw inspiration and strength from those who came … Continue reading

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A woman who soared to new heights

Print this articleMillicent Peterson Young was born circa 1922 near Lodgepole, Neb., on the family farm. When she was six years old, a pilot landed his plane on their property telling her, “Don’t touch that plane, little girl.” That was … Continue reading

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A rare winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Print this articleEmily Greene Balch was born in Jamaica Plain, Mass., on Jan. 8, 1867. Hers was a prosperous family. Her father was a successful attorney and had been secretary to United States Sen. Charles Sumner. As a young girl, … Continue reading

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A powerful voice against slavery

Print this articleJosephine Sophia White Griffing was born Dec. 18, 1814, in Hebron, Conn. Her father was Joseph White Jr., a representative in the state legislature. Her mother was the sister of portrait artist Samuel Lovett Waldo. Very little is … Continue reading

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