As a privileged white teenager, Joan Trumpauer's future looked safe and sound, but it was her choices that landed her face to face with the KKK and violent mobs. She spent months in prison during the Freedom Rides, and stood shoulder to shoulder with the great moral heroes of the civil rights movement.
Florence Kelley investigated factory exploitation, opposed child labor, and rallied for women’s labor reform. Kelley was an organizer of the National Child Labor Committee, Vice President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and a founder of the NAACP and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Her vigorous intellect and commitment to reform helped shape 20th century social policy and paved the way for much New Deal legislation.
Mabel Keaton Staupers , Led Battle to End Racial Prejudice in Nursing – (1890 to 1989) – Color was the greatest obstacle that had to be faced by every black aspiring to become nurse in the early years.had to win over her skin color. She fought hard to finally and fully integrate black nurses into the nursing profession in the U.S., at the time wherein every available medical aid was badly needed, during the Great Depression and World War II
Kang Tongbi (Kang Tung Pih) 康同璧, circa 1905. "The daughter of a Chinese intellectual, Tongbi was the first Asian student at Barnard. After the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911, Tongbi returned to China and became involved in feminist causes. Unlike many other women of her class, Tongbi’s feet had never been bound as her parents objected to the practice. In Shanghai, Tongbi co-founded a Tianzuhui (Natural Feet Society) with a female doctor." ... [cont'd]
Extraordinary Women Of History You Need To Know Now
Annie Jump Cannon: One of Pickering's Women hired by Williamina Fleming, Cannon devised a simplified star classification system eventually adopted by the International Astronomical Union. In addition to cataloging more than 350,000 stars, she also discovered 300 stars. Finally, in 1938, after more than 40 years of research, Harvard made Cannon a full-fledged astronomer.