NASA's new astronaut class is the first ever to have an even split of men and women. Of the eight new astronauts four are female. This is fantastic for space, fantastic for us dreamers and a fantastic inspiration for the next generation of space travellers. I'd like to congratulate all eight new
Women in the War Industry Amanda Smith, an African-American woman employed in the Long Beach Plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Between 1940 and 1944, approximately one million civilian African Americans entered the labor force; 600,000 of them were female. The proportion of black women in industrial occupations almost tripled during the war, rising from 6.5 to 18 percent. Los Angeles-area aircraft plants were among the first to offer them employment.
In 1925, the National Geographic Society didn't admit women, so Harriet Chalmers Adams, adventurer and female badass, founded the Society of Woman Geographers. She was regarded as the foremost woman explorer of her time, traveling to Latin American, eventually writing about her travels for National Geographic magazine. She proved that women had the same moxie, the same adventurous spirit, and the same fortitude to see the world as any man!
Tawakkol Karman, Winner of the Nobel Peace Price 2011 (together with two other women) "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work"