Women in History

This is a blog to recognize important women who have changed history or improved the lives of others. I am always open to suggestions of who you'd like you see recognized or submit your own!

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Permalink Here is an awesome article I found through the Independent on Nancy Wake— a true badass woman. She led 7000 resistance fighters in WWII and parachuted into France in April 1944.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/resistance-heroine-who-led-7000-men-against-the-nazis-2334156.html
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Permalink "Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade." — Constance Baker Motley
Permalink Dr. Sally Ride (May 26,1951-July 23, 2012)
Dr. Sally Ride attended Stanford University where she obtained 4 degrees including her masters and PhD in Physics. She was accepted into the Astronaut Corps in 1978 and in 1983 became the first American woman to orbit Earth and the youngest American to every orbit Earth. 
When she left the Astronaut Corps she continued to educate others about how Science can be fun! She taught at Stanford University along with other universities.
Dr. Ride founded an organization dedicated to making meaningful and fun scientific experiences as well as wrote many books for kids about the topic. 
Permalink "We’ve chosen the path to equality, don’t let them turn us around." —Geraldine Ferraro
Permalink Edmonia Lewis
This woman paved the way for African Americans through art. She was the first identified African American sculpter. She shocked those who believed that African American’s didn’t have the capacity for such intelligence and artistic capabilities. She combined perspective, talent, and emotion. She also insisted on making sculptures of those who were her heros. Black abolitionists and courageous women like Cleopatra.
After being accused of poisoning white women and stealing supplies for her art, Edmonia moved east to Europe. She first went to Florence where she was welcomed by Hiram Powers, America’s most famous sculptor. After Florence she made her way to Rome where she worked with other famous women sculptors of the time.
Her masterwork was The Death of Cleopatra, a striking portrayal of Cleopatra after she was bitten by her asp. It gave Edmonia both acclaim and controversy for showing Cleopatra in such in intimate way. This was atypical of the often portrayed beauty and strength. 
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“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to control and change your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward”
            — Amelia Earhart
Permalink Isadora Duncan
This innovated woman is known to the world as the mother of modern dance. She founded the New System of interpretive dance. She put poetry, music and the rhythms of nature. 
Isadora didn’t believe in the formality of conventional ballet. She gave birth to the more free form of dance. She danced barefoot and in simple Greek apparel. The viewers of her dancing recognized her for being a passionate dancer and became the most famous dancer of her time world wide.