Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy International Women's Day

Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.  Have a good one!  Below are some ladies I have always particularly admired.

Margaret Sanger (September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966).  From Wikipeida: was an American sex educator, birth control activist and the founder of the American Birth Control League (later to become The Planned Parenthood Federation of America).

Rosalind Franklin  (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958) - Basically, she discovered DNA and then men took credit for the idea.  From Wikipedia: She recorded a photograph of a DNA molecule that another researcher at King's College, Maurice Wilkins, showed to James Watson and Francis Crick without her knowledge or permission. This image helped Watson and Crick construct a model of DNA ... Wilkins, Crick and Watson were awarded a Nobel Prize jointly, some years later, after Franklin's death. Hostility between Franklin and her colleagues is a matter of record. There has been extensive comment in biographical works and other publications that her work did not bring adequate recognition during her lifetime.

Shirley Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005).  From Wikipeida: was an American politician, educator, and author.  She was a Congresswoman, representing New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to Congress. On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for president and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

And there are so many more ... Dolores Huerta, Marian Wright Edelman, Bella Abzug ... woohoo!

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