It was an age where women couldn’t vote, non-whites rarely went to school, and the American government said Native Americans weren’t citizens. The odds were against Susan LaFlesche Picotte. Some of her own people rejected her learning and caregiving. But she persisted. She earned a degree in medicine and worked tirelessly to improve her tribe’s…… Continue reading The Amazing First Native American Woman Doctor
It takes hard work to forge a gender equal world. International Women’s Day reminds us that gender has been used to justify abuse for centuries.
Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage (1828-1918), known as Olivia Sage, experienced extreme poverty and immense wealth. And she became “one of the greatest female philanthropists our world has ever known.” Through gifts she made a difference. By Bain News Service, publisher – Image available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division, Public…… Continue reading Through Gifts She Made a Difference
Hattie Canty rose from an Alabama girl to a maid to an African-American labor activist. She was the maid who fought back, the maid who eventually ensured that Las Vegas workers in the hospitality business made a living wage. Early Life Hattie Canty was born in 1934 in St. Stephens, Alabama. She graduated high school…… Continue reading The Maid Who Fought Back
Lucy Parsons (1853-1942) is a woman of history in my ongoing examination of “Strong Women.” Parsons, the “Queen of Anarchy,” was a woman of contradictions. The Chicago police department considered her “more dangerous than 1000 rioters.” surveilled her, arrested her, and fined her over and over. Yet, she refused to be silenced. By August Braunach…… Continue reading She Refused to be Silenced