When she died on 22 December 1943, Beatrix Potter left fourteen farms and 4000 acres of land to the National Trust, together with her flocks of Herdwick sheep. The Trust now owns 91 hill farms, many of which have a mainly Herdwick landlord's flock with a total holding of about 25000 sheep. This was her gift to the nation, her own beloved countryside for all to enjoy. Beatrix was the first woman to be elected president-designate of the Herdwick Sheepbreeders' Association, which continues to…
Pioneering Black female lawyer Charlotte E. Ray achieved her historic feat 1872, becoming just the third woman ever admitted to practice law in the country at the time. Ray was also the first woman admitted to practice law in the nation’s capital and the first woman to argue a case in front of the Supreme Court.
Eleonora R. Sears was not just the great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson, she was also a well-known athlete in the early 20th C. She made waves playing tennis with rolled up shirt sleeves and caused a stir in when she rode front-saddle into an all-male polo arena while wearing pants. Despite receiving criticism for her unfeminine style, she remained popular at home and abroad, and has been called “The Mother of Title IX” for her impact on women in sports.
1934: Before meeting Lyndon Johnson, her future husband, Claudia (Lady Bird) Taylor graduated from UT-Austin. She had already earned a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1933, and she received a degree in Journalism the following year.
In 1967, Kathrine Switzerwas the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. She registered under the gender-neutral name of “K.V. Switzer”. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” however, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire Marathon. These photographs taken of the incident made world…
Boudica ( /ˈbuːdɨkə/; alternative spelling: Boudicca), also known as Boadicea /boʊdɨˈsiːə/ and known in Welsh as Buddug [ˈbɨ̞ðɨ̞ɡ] (d. AD 60 or 61) was queen of the British Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962). A remarkable woman. As wife of the 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt challenged and transformed the historically ceremonial, behind-the-scenes First Lady role. She iparticipated in radio broadcasts, wrote a daily syndicated column, "My Day," and held weekly, women-only press conferences (she was the first presidential wife to do so) to discuss women's issues, her daily activities and breaking news.