13 Women who made a difference
1.Conchita Cintron was born in 1922 and was a Peruvian bullfighter. She was the first woman to professionally compete as a bullfighter. Her most famous moment came in 1949 when she entered a ring in Spain via horseback, did a perfect dismount and threw her sword into the ground refusing to kill the bull. She was arrested but released quickly due to audience support. That was her last time in the bull ring.
2. Phillippa Duke Schuler was a biracial child born into racially tense America. She was born in 1931 and died in 1967 in a plane crash. She began writing and composing music when she was two and playing Mozart by age five. She was accepted by black America and rejected by white America. Philippa traveled to Europe in hopes of a better reception and while absent from America changed her name in hopes of being accepted as a Latino musician. She died before achieving success.
3. Cornilia Sorabji was an Indian woman born in 1866. She was the first female to attend law school in India and was given a full scholarship to England which was retracted solely because of her gender. After completing her training at an Indian college she received a special degree allowing her to become the first woman to practice law in India.
4. Mourning Dove was the first Native American woman known to have composed and published a novel. Born in 1888 she eventually traveled all over the Pacific Northwest collecting stories from friends and relatives about her ancestors. She died in 1936 but it wasn’t until 1990 that her autobiography was published.
5. Jackie Mitchell was the first woman to ever sign with a Professional Baseball Club. She is thought to have been born in 1914 and went on to pitch for Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth striking them both out. She died in 1987.
6. Nadezhda Krupskaya was the wife of Vladimir I. Lenin. She wrote The Woman Worker before the October Revolution of 1917. She also lobbied for the observation of International Woman’s Day. The first IWD took place in Russia and on the fourth anniversary of IWD, women textile workers began the Revolution.
7. Valeria Ivanovna Khomyakova (a Russian pilot) was the first woman know to have shot down an enemy bomber. She shot him down during WWII.
8. Vinnie Ream Hoxie was an American sculptor born in 1847. She was the first woman awarded an artistic commission by the U.S. government. She worked on a statute of Abraham Lincoln in D. C. near the end of the Civil War. She was one of the last people to see the President alive. Hoxie died in 1914.
9. Clara Hale was a woman who witnessed many women in her community become hooked on heroin. She dedicated her life to caring for the children of these drug addicted women. Hale house was the first official home for babies born of drug addiction. It evolved into the Center for the Promotion of Human Potential, America’s first black childcare volunteer agency. Hale died in 1993.
10. Mary Dennett was a pioneer for women’s reproductive rights born in 1872. Her sex education articles were deemed obscene and she had to pay hefty dues when she refused to quit passing out sex ed flyers. Her conviction was later overturned. Dennett died in 1947.
11. Wilma Rudolph was born disabled (she had a lame leg) which she overcame and became a world known athlete. She won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics: one for the 100 meter sprint, one for the 200 meter dash and one for the 100 meter relay team.
12. Sally Kirsten Ride was the first female astronaut. She participated in two shuttle missions, helped investigate the Challenger blowup, and was chosen to head the Space Institute of the University of California/San Diego.
13. Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin was the first female professor at Harvard University. She was the first person to confirm that the sun and stars chemical makeup were alike. Her research helped to discover the Milky Way.
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7. West of Mars
8. Pillow Talk
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10. Flip flops
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