A Life-Changing Suggestion

I never imagined that when a recruiter suggested that I looked into the American Legion Auxiliary, I would make history as the first woman to be elected as American Legion National Commander. 32 Words Army Veteran, Denise Rohan's life changed when a recruiter from the American Legion came to their home in Marshall to speak …

With One Stroke

My name is Lyda Newman and I was born in Ohio.  I’m an African-American woman, inventor, women's rights activist and a hairdresser.  One day, I thought to myself, why don’t you invent a hairbrush?  The current ones were made of boar’s hair.  I wanted the process of brushing hair to be more hygienic and efficient. …

Ellen G. White

The words of the Bible, and the Bible alone, should be heard from the pulpit - Ellen G. White, Brainy Quote Ellen G. White born Ellen Harmon was born and raised in a Christian home. Her father was a Methodist. When her family accepted William Miller teachings regarding the imminent return of the Lord, they …

Vidhya’s Story

As I watch my daughter playing in the back yard, I think of my sister, Indrani. Twenty years ago, we were forced into marriage when we were teenagers.  My husband was twice my age but years later, I was able to divorce him.  Indrani wasn’t so lucky.  She was murdered in an honor killing for …

Devoted Service

Although the appointment was temporary, Katherine Battle Gordy made history when she became the first woman to be U.S. Marshal.  Her entire career was with the Marshals Service where for 16 years, she served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal. 39 Words Source: U.S. Marshals Service

A Great Project

Sally Henshaw and her grade 5 students decided to undertake a big project this year.  They were going to create a large quilt for Women’s History Month.  It would feature 30 influential women.  Sally thought it best to use hexagons because they were strong, symmetrical and tessellate perfectly.  The finished quilt was proudly displayed in …

The Charitable Heiress

Angela Burdett-Coutts was a nineteenth-century philanthropist. She became the wealthiest woman in 1837 when she inherited her grandfather's fortune of around £1.8 million following the death of her step-grandmother, Harriot Mellon. She collected paintings and among them was Robert Scott Lauder's Christ Walking on the Sea. She received many marriage proposals. She was a great …

From Translator to Army Scout

In her early years, it was unknown to Sarah Winnemucca that she was American.  Being “American” meant becoming like those she distrusted but, through her work as translator she helped her people, the Paiutes. In 1878, after the Bannock War broke out, Sarah volunteered to enter Bannock territory where her father and other tribesmen were …

Indra Nooyi

As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future - Indra Nooyi Indra Nooyi was the former CEO of PepsiCo, the world’s …

Her Very Own Galaxy

As a child, Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil used to gaze at the night sky and dream of reaching the stars.  Driven by the desire to study the universe, she left her home to pursue an education in Physics.  Her parents were criticized for letting her move away for her education because young women weren’t supposed to live …

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