Louise Blanchard Bethune was born July 21, 1856 and was the first working professional in her field of architecture Louise began her career in Buffalo, NY as a draftsman at an architectural firm in 1876. In October of 1881, Louise entered a partnership with Robert A. Bethune and founded their own firm, R.A. and L. […]
This week 82 years ago, Amelia Earhart was lost at sea in her attempt to become the first person to fly around the world. She defied traditional gender roles from an early age as she took an auto repair class and played basketball. She served as a Red Cross nurse in World War I before […]
On Friday, the U.S. Naval War College announced the appointment of their first woman president, Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield. Chatfield will be the first female president in the institution’s 135-year history. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer says, “She is the embodiment of the type of warrior-scholar we need…” Chatfield is a naval aviator […]
There’s not a lot we can say about Sandra Day O’Connor that hasn’t already been said. As the Goodreads page for the new biography about her says, “…Sandra Day O’Connor’s story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings–doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness.” Lawyer, State […]
This week we have a special Friday Edition of FEARLESS WOMEN recognizing the observance of International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is the kick off of a year-long series of activities and actions aimed at building a more gender-balanced world. Watch for the hashtag #BalanceforBetter for opportunities to participate in the discussion. Events range from […]
Carol L. Rogers and Barbara Archer were honored to attend the recent Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Dessert First. The special guest for this year’s Dessert First was retired NASA astronaut Catherine Grace “Cady” Coleman. Coleman was raised in Virginia and was an exchange student in Norway. She graduated with her BS in chemistry from […]
This week 24 years ago, Eileen Collins became the First Female Shuttle Pilot while docking Space Shuttle Discovery with Russia’s Mir Space Station (STS-63) which was also the first time an American shuttle rendezvoused with the Russian space station. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Collins participated in Girl Scouts and expressed her interest in space […]
We will admit that when we are looking for FEARLESS WOMEN to feature in the blog we get wrapped up in a few regular categories: Women from History: Elizabeth Blackwell, Margaret Knight, Madam C.J. Walker Women of note in current affairs: Nancy Roman, Marie Colvin, Margaret Corbin Women making Headlines: Suzy Whaley, Donna Strickland, Ruth […]
Today is one of those rare occasions where our This Week In History and FEARLESS WOMEN WEDNESDAY meet!! On this day in 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a medical degree. Elizabeth, third of nine children, was born to a sugar refining Quaker family on February 3, 1821. When […]
While we are hearing the names of more female engineers and scientists that has not historically been the case. We know the names of these women for a variety of reasons: They could be major names who made it into our history books like Marie Curie (Physicist and Chemist) and Jane Goodall (Primatologist). There could […]
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