Rosalia Mera, a seamstress who co-founded a clothing store in northwestern Spain that grew into one of the world's largest retail chains, has died at the age of 69. She was Spain's richest woman and a major stakeholder in Inditex SA, the owner of the Zara chain that expanded rapidly across the globe over the past several decades. Inditex issued a statement Friday confirming her death but did not
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. On September 28th, 1865, after trying repeatedly to get a medical degree but getting turned down because of her sex, took the Society of Aphothecaries exam and became the first woman physician in England. She was co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women, first Dean of a British medical school, first woman M.D. in France, first woman in Britain to be elected to a school board and, as Mayor of Aldeburgh, the first female mayor and magistrate in Britain.
Union Leader & Civil Rights Activist Addie L. Wyatt. Worked on a meatpacking line after being turned down for a clerical position because of her race. 1953 became VP of her Union's Chicago branch & then president of the Int'l Amalgamated Meet Cutters, the 1st black woman of an int'l Union. Appointed to the Labor Legislation Committee by Pres. Roosevelt. Founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women & co-founder of the Nat'l Org of Women. 1st Black Women to be Person of the Year by Time…
In 1925, the National Geographic Society didn't admit women, so Harriet Chalmers Adams, adventurer and female badass, founded the Society of Woman Geographers. She was regarded as the foremost woman explorer of her time, traveling to Latin American, eventually writing about her travels for National Geographic magazine. She proved that women had the same moxie, the same adventurous spirit, and the same fortitude to see the world as any man!