Celebrating Powerful Women
There’s no doubt about it – women have made a huge impact in history. Aside from bringing other great figures into this world, women have themselves done incredible things. Women in history who have made a difference are role models for the children of today. Check out some of the women who broke from the status quo to accomplish big things!
Clara Barton – Besides being a Civil War nurse and operating hospitals on the front line, Barton also founded the American Red Cross which continues to operate today.
Mary Edwards Walker – She was the only U.S. woman to be awarded the Medal of Honor. She was appointed the first female doctor during the Civil War. She wore men’s clothing during this time because it made it easier for her to perform her duties.
Edith Wharton – She was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize award for her novel The Age of Innocence.
Helen Keller – In addition to being an author and activist, she was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She made such an impact that, in 1980 on what would’ve been her 100th birthday, President Carter declared June 27 as Helen Keller day.
Hatshepsut- This Egyptian ruler that took power when her husband died but kept it even when her stepson came of age. She embraced being a powerful Pharoh and became one of ancient Egypt’s first women rulers. She is best known for her leadership and abundant building during her reign.
Sarah Breedlove – Most of the time when we hear about millionaires, they’re men. Not true in this case! Sarah Breedlove was the first self-made millionaire in U.S. History.
Jeanette Rankin – Elected to the House of Representatives twice, Rankin was the first woman to hold national office in the U.S.
Margaret Sanger – Having popularized the term “birth control,” Sanger laid down the foundation for Planned Parenthood.
Margaret Bourke-White – She was the first woman allowed access to combat zones during World War II.
Shirley Chisholm – She was the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives.
Valentina Tereshkova – In 1963, Tereshkova became the first woman to travel into space.
Indira Gandhi – To this day, Gandhi is still the only female who has ever been prime minister of India.
Barbara Jordan – Jordan was the first Southern black woman elected to the House of Representatives.
Margaret Thatcher – First female Prime Minister of Britain and served for eleven years (the seventh longest time served in that position).
Jackie Kennedy- Famous first lady and editor. She transformed the White House into an American History Museum while in the White House.
Here are some other resources to add to your studies during Women’s History Month!
- Looking for a movie that highlights some of the greatest achievements women have made? Check out the FREE Ladies of Liberty DVD!
- It’s not right when one person does something but another gets all the credit. Try being one of the 11 Women Who Did Groundbreaking Things That Men Got The Credit For ! You almost won’t believe your eyes.
- For more great stories about women who weren’t afraid to raise the bar, visit A2Z’s Women in History Who Made a Difference.
- If you’re on the hunt for a good book, check out these 20 stories about women in history.