This political pioneer and trailblazer was the first woman elected to be the Secretary of State of New Mexico in 1922. This was just two years after the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. This election victory also made her the first Hispanic woman elected to statewide office in the United States.
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In 1964, this third-generation Japanese-American became the first Asian-American woman (and the first woman from an ethnic minority group) to be elected to the United States Congress. In her 40 years there, she worked to amplify the voices and rights of immigrants, women and children. She also aggressively championed Title IX (9), the law that brought academic and athletic equity to American schools. To learn more about Patsy Mink, go to this web site and read about her.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Angered by the discrimination practiced against women in the 1800s, this woman insisted that the word “obey” be omitted from her marriage vows when she married her husband in 1840. Shortly after their marriage, she became involved in the group of American women fighting for both the abolition of slavery and women’s right to vote.
On July 19, 1848, she was one of the several reformers who held the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York, at which she announced that women’s suffrage would be the primary goal of the group. The goal of women’s voting rights was not met until 1920, but this woman’s name will forever be associated with the fight for this right. To learn more about Stanton, go to FactCite and read an article about her.
This woman is the most successful woman in entertainment in America. She has become one of the richest and most influential women in the United States.
At age 19 She became the first African-American woman to anchor the news in Nashville, Tennessee, and went on to host a talk show in Baltimore, followed by a very popular morning show in Chicago. This show was later named after her, and was watched by 26 million people each week, in 106 countries around the world. This woman went on to develop her own television network and has won several awards for entertainment, humanitarian and charity work. To learn more about Winfrey, go to FactCite and read about her!
This woman was a Kenyan environmental activist who founded the Green Belt Movement which campaigned for the planting of trees, environmental conversation and women’s rights. The first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, she was elected to parliament and appointed assistant minister for Environment and Natural Resources from 2003– 2005. Her work was internationally recognized when, in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, peace and democracy. To read more about Maathai, go to FactCite.
This american scientist and inventor created The Illusion Transmitter, which is used by NASA to send images from space to earth. The technology is also used in the medical field to assist with surgeries. She has received a number of NASA awards including the Goddard Space Flight Center Award of Merit, and the NASA Equal Opportunity Medal. To learn more about Valerie Thomas, go to this web site and learn more about her.
Librarian, writer, and puppeteer, this woman became the first Puerto Rican the New York Public Library hired. The library recruited her as part of its effort to hire young women from ethnically diverse backgrounds – a choice that ended up changing libraries all over New York City. She is credited with bringing “Spanish to the shelves” and led the charge for the library’s outreach within the Puerto Rican and Latino communities. After her death in 1982, the American Library Association created the Pura Belpré Award which is presented to Latino writers and illustrators whose work best portrays Latino cultural experiences in a work of literature aimed at children or youth. To learn more about Belpre and the books given the award in her name, go to this web site.
This Hispanic American entertainer was the first performer to win all four major entertainment awards: the Emmy, Tony, Oscar, and Grammy. Her other notable awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and she was named a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor. To read more about Moreno, Go to Britannica and read about her.
This tennis athlete has won dozens of titles in her 35 years. In 2005, she clinched the Wimbledon title after battling it out against top seed Lindsay Davenport in the longest women’s final in history. The day before that match, she attended a board meeting held by the organization that runs the tournament, and asked those present to close their eyes and imagine being a little girl who trains for years only to “… get to this stage, and you’re told you’re not the same as a boy …” She spoke about this because, throughout Wimbledon history, men had always won more prize money than women, for the same titles. Eventually, Wimbledon agreed to make prizes equal for men and women, thanks in part to the efforts of this woman. To learn more about Williams, go to Britannica.