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
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!
Margaret Chase Smith, born in 1897. Her election to both the House and Senate by 1948 was a first for a woman, and her congressional experience laid the groundwork for her presidential campaign in 1964. She spoke out against the McCarthy’s “hunt” for communists, created female units in the Navy, Coast Guard, and Army, and supported space travel. James Webb, director of NASA at the time, said “If it were not for a woman, Margaret Chase Smith, we never would have placed a man on the moon.”
Imperious, generous and moreover intrepid, Margaret Bourke-White was the first female war correspondent working behind the lines. A thorn in the side of male photographers, she was always in the middle of combat, capturing the true photos of war. One of the first to enter Buchenwald in 1945, her photos are some of the most heartbreaking of the war. Her body of work is one of the most produced and famous of the 20th century ~
Known as the "Grandmother of the American Civil Rights Movement," Septima Poinsette Clark was an educator and civil rights activist. She began teaching on Johns Island in South Carolina, unable to teach in public schools as a black woman. Her own experience of racial discrimination fueled her pursuit of equality through literacy and citizenship schools, of which she founded many in Tennessee. BIRTH DATE: May 03, 1898 DEATH DATE: December 15, 1987
Dorothy Hodgkin worked out the structure of penicillin, insulin and vitamin B12. But when, after 31 years of work, she won the Nobel Prize for science in 1964 the Daily Mail chose to run the story under the headline "Oxford housewife wins Nobel"
A Sweetwater museum commemorates the female pilots of World War II, including Nell Bright, far right with Virginia Woodruff. Bright often skipped meals to pay for flying lessons. Click through to read more about the museum and the brave pilots it commemorates.