Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, & "Godmother of Rock-n-Roll" Sister Rosetta Tharpe. First artist to chart with spiritual recordings due to her signature blend of gospel with secular rhythms. Music legends Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Johnny Cash consider her a source of inspiration, influence, and considered a pioneer in the genre.. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2007 and January 11th, 2008 was declared Sister Rosetta Tharpe Day in Pennsylvania.
DeBoraha Akin (Townson) became the first Black cowgirl to compete in the International Professional Rodeo Finals in 1990. Today she is the only African American Woman to compete with a professional card in the WPRA (Women’s Professional Rodeo Association) at PRCA rodeos throughout the United States.
Tererai Trent, PhD, is a Zimbabwean-American woman who was not allowed to go to school as a child because she was female. Tererai was forced to marry at age 11. By age 18, she was the mother of three. "When my husband realized that I wanted to have an education, he would beat me." In 2009, happily remarried Trent earned her doctorate; her thesis looked at HIV/AIDS prevention programs for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.
Ellen Swallow Richards - the foremost female industrial & environmental chemist in the 19th-century US, pioneering the field of home economics. She was the first woman admitted to MIT & its first female instructor; the first woman in the US accepted to any school of science or Technology, & the first American woman with a degree in chemistry.
Fe del Mundo, Harvard Medical School's first female student , was admitted because she was brilliant...and because they didn't realize she was a woman. Del Mundo founded the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines. She attended nine years before enrollment was opened to women. Follow #Professionalimage