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Celebrating Women’s History

Posted by iusbvision on March 21, 2007

It’s time to celebrate the women who have made American history. March is National Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme is “Generations of Women Moving History Forward.”
March was first implemented as Women’s History Month when the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) petitioned Congress in 1987 to expand what had previously been a week-long celebration of women’s history, according to the NWHP website.
The National Women’s History Project promotes training and education for educators, parents, and other organizations regarding the achievements of women throughout history.
The following four women, while only a few out of the thousands that could have been chosen, have made groundbreaking contributions to American history. We honor them and celebrate the achievements of all women, who have helped to make America great.
http://www.nwhp.org/

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. Her biography on the PBS website states “during a ten-year span she made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom…she never lost a single passenger.”
By 1856, Tubman had a $40,000 price on her head, and still continued her tireless work to end the slavery of the “travelers” she helped. She was, as John Brown said, “one of the bravest persons on this continent.”

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1535.html

Sandra Day O’Connor

“Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement, and remuneration based on ability.”
Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female Supreme Court Justice in September, 1981, and spent her days on the court fighting for the values she espoused above.
Justice O’Connor was often admired for her ability to compromise, and while she often voted conservatively, she had the propensity to be fiercely independent on issues about which she felt strongly. She retired from the bench on July 1, 2005 after twenty four years of service.
http://www.lucidcafe.com/library/96mar/oconnor.html

Sally Ride

Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman to orbit the Earth in the space shuttle Challenger, as a mission specialist in the astronaut corps. According to her biography on the NASA website, Ride was among over 8000 applicants to the space program that year, of which 35 were accepted and six were women.
Dr. Ride attended Stanford University, where she earned a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Physics; she then went on to receive a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Physics.
Since 1989, Ride has been a member of the University of California at San Diego faculty, and serves as head of the California Space Institute.
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/whos_who_level2/ride.html

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