4 Women Who Changed the World

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Happy Women’s History month! Women’s History Month grew out of a small-town school in California and since earning national recognition in 1987, has aimed at celebrating women’s contributions to history, culture and society. We invite you to think about the women in your life who you are thankful for. In the spirit of Women’s History Month, we have chosen four remarkable women from American history to pay tribute to.

  1. Rosa Parks (1913-2005) - Congress nicknamed her “the first lady of civil rights,” and with good reason. She had a life-long commitment to the American civil rights movement and he her refusal to give up her seat on a segregated public bus sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycotts.
  2. Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) - A strong advocate for women’s rights, Jeannette Rankin was the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was influential in the legislation that would become the 19th amendment and was the only woman able to vote in congress for women’s right to vote.
  3. Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) - Abolitionist, civil war nurse, suffragist, civil rights activist, conductor of the underground railroad, and union spy. Harriet Tubman was a shaping force in her era and a powerhouse for social change. She was born a slave and after escaping she dedicated her life to the advancement of equal rights and the abolition of slavery. A little known fact is that Harriet Tubman was the first woman to lead an expedition in the civil war. On one raid her expedition liberated more than 700 slaves.
  4. Marie Curie (1867-1934) - Marie Curie was the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize and the first and only person to receive two Nobel Prizes in two different sciences. Her work shaped the technology we use today, including the entire field of radiology.

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