The first African-American Professional Nurse

Mary Mahoney made history as the first African-American Professional Nurse, yet many do not know her name. A strong woman, Mahoney, became a nurse despite severe societal limitations placed on black and minority women. She braved discrimination and worked toward equality for black and minority nurses and women. Early Life A pair of freed slaves…… Continue reading The first African-American Professional Nurse

Mary McLeod Bethune Lights the Way Even After Death

Mary McLeod Bethune was an extraordinary woman, an educator, and a civil rights leader. A child of former slaves, she grew from poverty and ignorance into a woman who changed her world. Most of all, she lights the way even after death. Early Years Mary was the fifteenth of seventeen children born to former slaves.…… Continue reading Mary McLeod Bethune Lights the Way Even After Death

The Fearless First Female Professional Balloonist

Picture this: it’s 1811. They publish Sense and Sensibility. Ludwig von Beethoven works on his seventh symphony. Napoleon Bonaparte is the First Consul, the Emperor of France. People used horse-drawn carriages to get from one place to another. They teach women a little reading and writing. Women wear modest, long flowing dresses and are expected…… Continue reading The Fearless First Female Professional Balloonist

More than an Inventor for Mothers

Today we celebrate a woman who invented a practical and helpful device for moms and babies, the Boater. But Marion Donovan was more than an inventor for mothers. Babies in cloth diapersFOTO:FORTEPAN / UVATERV, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Born with the Right Genes Her father and uncle were inventors, so it’s no surprise that…… Continue reading More than an Inventor for Mothers