“When I started working on Women’s History about thirty years ago, the field did not exist. It was not recognized, people didn’t think that women had a history worth knowing. … For women, looking back to the past has usually been painful because what we would learn would be an absence. We would learn that women had not done this and they had not done that and that essentially, according to the traditional view, women had contributed very little to the making of human society and even less to the making of the intellectual product of Western civilization.”(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_PJwMpAgtQ)
The First American Woman to Win an Olympic EventIn 1900, Abbott made history as the first woman to come first place in an Olympic event. The rub? She didn't know it--and for decades, neither did anyone else.
Chicago's First Female Private EyeMiss Cora M. Strayer ran a detective agency on the South Side of Chicago in the early 1900s. She was awesome.
First female Olympic gold medalist for track and field3 years after winning the first woman's Olympic gold medal for track and field, she was written off as dead after a plane accident. She worked hard at her recovery and was at the Olympics again 5 years later.
Outrageous con artistWhen journalist Josh Levin began investigating an infamous welfare cheat, his story spiraled into an expose of one of the most outrageous female criminals in modern history.
High schooler accepted into all eight Ivy League schoolsMost high schoolers are happy to get accepted by one of the eight Ivy League schools. Munira Khalif got into all eight. And that's just the start of her accomplishments.
The First Muslim Woman in the US LegislatureOmar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in the 2016 election, making her the first Muslim woman, and the first Somali-American, to be a legislator.
The Marathon MomA couple weeks after giving birth, Sveta Vold ran a half-marathon with her baby in a stroller. Seven weeks after giving birth, she completed a 135-mile bicycling ultramarathon in the snow.
The Woman Who Exposed Lead Contamination in FlintWhen she found that cases of elevated lead levels had doubled, she warned the community.
First American Woman to Win Olympic Gold Medal for BoxingThe 2012 Olympic games were the first to feature women's boxing as an event, and at 17 years old--one of the youngest boxers there--Shields won gold in her weight class. But fame, money, and endorsements did not follow.
Mother of Women's History"When I started working on Women's History about thirty years ago, the field did not exist. It was not recognized, people didn't think that women had a history worth knowing. ... For women, looking back to the past has usually been painful because what we would learn would be an absence. We would learn that women had not done this and they had not done that and that essentially, according to the traditional view, women had contributed very little to the making of human society and even less to the making of the intellectual product of Western civilization."
When a soldier raped her, this woman tossed him in a well and threw rocks at him until he died.
Spy, smuggler, saboteur, partisan: this Jewish woman refused to go like a lamb to the slaughter, and fought the Nazis tooth and nail... even after the war, when she, alongside others, poisoned thousands of Nazi POWs in a revenge plot.
As a Holocaust survivor, her poetry was too dark for some, but it was perfect for death metal.
She wrote 270 Wikipedia articles in a single year -- “I had a target for doing one a day, but sometimes I get too excited and do three.”
One of the first Indian women to practice law, she fought against -- and inside of -- a system that held no room for her.
Born without arms or legs, this artist learned to write, sew, and paint with her mouth - and came to work for kings and queens.
Forced to marry a mobster, she escaped, ran for parliament and won -- while obscuring her face. But now, she's showing it freely.
Fifty years before women got the federal right to vote, this legal agent became “the terror of all rogues.”
Although her tribe was destroyed and she was forced into an unwanted marriage, this indomitable woman came to run the world's largest empire - with a woman as her companion.
This Mongol stood up to the most fearsome man in the world and in so doing, prevented a genocide.
Mythological Irish princess who was turned into a worm, butterfly, and a pool of water; who induced the strangest pregnancy since Jesus; and who may hold the key to understanding Ireland's history.
Loud, proud, uncompromising: this bold politician helped bring about Title IX, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Equal Rights Amendment - as well as much more.
Revolutionized the field of mathematics, yet was persecuted for being Jewish and paid a pittance for her visionary teaching work.
Indigenous lawmaker who united warring tribes under a unified code of laws that she made herself.
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This Hmong morality tale shows how to be a good person, but it certainly takes some twists getting there.