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First Women

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Senator Hattie Caraway, the first woman elected to serve a full-term in the United States Senate. Caraway represented Arkansas from 1931-1945. In '45 Pres. Roosevelt appointed her to the Employees' Compensation Commission & in '46 Pres. Truman posted her on the Employee' Compensation Appeals Board, where she served until her death. She was the mother of 2 Generals in the US Army. She & her husband Thaddeus, also a US Senator until his death, settled in Jonesboro, AR in the early 1900s.

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Harriet Ross; 1820 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made thirteen missions to rescue more than 70 slaves[1] using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage.

Rosa Parks was the first African-American to sit in front of a bus. On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.

Susan Brownwell Anthony was born on February 15, 1820, in Adams, Massachusetts. She was an early leader of the American women's suffrage (right to vote) movement and a pioneer in the struggle to gain equality for women. As an active abolitionist, or opponent of slavery, she campaigned for the freedom of slaves. She was the first woman to vote.

Anne Dudley Bradstreet (born Anne Dudley; c. 1612 – September 16, 1672) was the first poet and first female writer in the British North American colonies to be published. Her first volume of poetry was the Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, published in 1650. It was met with a positive reception in both the Old World and the New World

On Aug. 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island, N.C. She was given the name Virginia because she was the first Christian born in Virginia. Her father was Ananias Dare. Her mother, Ellinor (Eleanor, or Elyonor) White Dare, was the daughter of the Roanoke colony governor, John White. The Dares were among the approximately 120 settlers who left England on May 8, 1587.

Virginia Dare (English colonist)

Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman, born in Texas in 1892, was the first female African American pilot, and the first African American to obtain an international pilot’s license.

Martha Jane Cannary Burke (1852-1903), better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman, and professional scout best known for her claim of being an acquaintance of (and married to) Wild Bill Hickok, but also for having gained fame fighting Native Americans. She married in 1881 and after her daughter was born she gave her to foster parents (Jane claimed Hickok was the father). She is said to have been a woman who also exhibited kindness and compassion, especially to the sick and ...

First woman to enlist, 1917, yeoman in US Navy