History: Women’s History Month – Women Who Inspire Me #2018 Part 1 of 3

I wanted to put together a blog of the various women I noted on my Facebook page as inspirational (to me).  So next year, when I do this same exercise, I can look back to one location and not duplicate the people I have already mentioned.  Because 31 is a lot of history in one blog, I have decided to break it up into three parts.  Here is my first 11 Days Of Historical Women (and the website referenced on FB) I posted:

2018-03-01: Pearl S Buck – FB Post: “Today is the first day of Women’s History Month. I offer you: Pearl S. Buck. Born in Hillsboro, WV (Pocahontas County), Pearl was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature. She was awarded the Pulitzer for The Good Earth in 1932. Pearl was an amazing author, humanitarian and fought for women’s rights. And although her time in WV was limited to that of the first few months of her life, i will claim her as originally a WV’ian.

Pearl S Buck Birthplace Museum

About: The Good Earth

Britannica Page On Pearl S Buck

Pocahontas County – Pearl S Buck Birthplace


2018-03-02: Mary Tayloe Ross – FB Post: “Wyoming Territory was the first state to grant women the vote. In 1869, Wyoming’s territorial legislature declared that “every woman of the age of twenty-one years, residing in this territory, may at every election…cast her vote.” Though Congress lobbied hard against it, Wyoming’s women kept their right to vote when the territory became a state in 1890. In 1924, the state’s voters elected the nation’s first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross.”

The Ambition of Nellie Tayloe Ross

What We Can Learn From Nellie Tayloe Ross

Nellie Tayloe Ross: Pictures Facts and Information


2018-03-03: Alice Paul – FB Post: “Alice Paul (1885 – 1977). She was behind getting the vote for women.”

Alice Paul: The Suffragist

Who Was Alice Paul


2018-03-04 (posted at midnight oh five on the 5th): Elizabeth Blackwell – FB Post: “Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) was a British physician, notable as the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States and the first woman on the Medical Register of the General Medical Council.”

Biography: Elizabeth Blackwell

How Elizabeth Blackwell Became the First Female US Doctor


2018-03-06 (daggonit I missed a day, now I need to double up on 03/07 to make up…lol) Patsy Cline – FB Post: “Today’s Woman In History: Patsy Cline (born Virginia Patterson Hensley; September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) . She became the first female solo artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973, ten years after her death. (Today is the anniversary of her death.)”

The Boot Op-Ed on Patsy Cline

Biography: Patsy Cline


2018-03-07: Amelia Mary Earhart – FB Post: “Today in Women’s History: Amelia Mary Earhart. She was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment. Also – I hear that the barbie makers are considering an Inspirational Women line and she is a possibility. I’d buy that doll or action figure or whatever you want to call it.”

Barbie Unveils The Amelia Doll

Biography: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart: Facts and Summary From History Channel

Documentary: Amelia Earhart, The Lost Evidence


2018-03-07 (Pt 2) Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman – FB Post: “I am doubling down today. The second Woman of History I would like to note today is also a fly girl – Bessie Coleman. Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892 to April 30, 1926) was an American aviator and the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she taught herself French and moved to France, earning her license from France’s well-known Caudron Brother’s School of Aviation in just seven months. Coleman specialized in stunt flying and parachuting, earning a living barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. She remains a pioneer of women in the field of aviation.”

Biography: Bessie Coleman

National Aviation Page For Bessie Coleman

Fly Girls Article: Bessie Coleman


2018-03-08  Jane Goodall – Today’s Woman In History (and in Present) is Jane Goodall. Jane Goodall is a conservationist, animal welfare activist and expert on primates, particularly chimpanzees. Her studies and findings in the world of primates have been studied in many institutes. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear her speak in person. One day…


Biography: Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall TedTalk

Nat Geo: Being Jane Goodall


2018-03-10 Pt 1: Annie Oakley FB Post:

I was so excited talking about Jane Goodall (for two straight days) that I did not post a new woman yesterday. So today I will post an AM and a PM. For my AM: Annie Oakley (1860 – 1926). Oakley was a famous woman sharpshooter and star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

I loved tales of Annie Oakley as a kid. I was not a “Barbie” kind of little girl per se. I was an action figure, GI Joe and Evel Knievel dolls kind of kid. Annie Oakley was a rough and tough woman in the Wild West Show who was allowed to do things that did not require “dress up”. She was a young tomboy’s kind of icon.

Some of her greatest stunts were:shooting the ashes off a cigarette in her husband’s lips, hitting a target behind her by looking at a reflection in her bowie knife and slicing in half playing cards held edgewise at 30 paces.

She was an original American badass.

History Channel 10 Things You Should Know about Annie Oakley

Biography: Annie Oakley

Britannica: Annie Oakley, American Markswoman


2018-03-10 Pt 2: Maya Lin (born 1960) FB Post: The second Woman In History today: Maya Lin (born Oct 5, 1959). She achieved national recognition at the age of 21 while still an undergraduate at Yale University when her design was chosen in a national competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Art Story Maya Lin

Maya Lin Studio

Biography: Maya Lin

NPS Vietnam War Memorial


2018-03-11 Manon Rheaume FB Post: Today’s Woman In History: Manon Rheaume. She is the first woman to play in an NHL game. In 1992 Manon Rheaume, a goalie from Quebec City, Canada, was no stranger to firsts: She was well-known for being the first female player to take the ice in a major boys’ junior hockey game. In 1992, Rheaume was the starting goalie for the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lighting in a preseason exhibition game, making her the first woman to play in any of the major men’s sports leagues in the U.S. In that game, she deflected seven of nine shots; however, she was taken out of the game early and never played in a regular-season game. Rheaume led the Canadian women’s national team to victory in the 1992 and 1994 World Hockey Championships. The team also won silver at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.





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