Celebrate National Women's History Month
19th century journalist Elizabeth Cochran used the name Nellie Bly when she authored the book Ten Days In The Madhouse. It is the first work of undercover journalism. She feigned insanity so that she could investigate reports of brutality and neglect at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island. The conditions in the asylum were dreadful. Rats in the rooms, appalling food,
Princess Esther Kamatari is a writer, model, and exilted Burundia princess. Esther Kamatari grew up as a member of the royal family. Following independence in 1962, the king was overthrown in a military coup d'tat, and the monarchy abolishedin 1966. Kamatari fled the country in 1970 after her father's assasination and settled in Paris, where she became a model.
Dorothy Height, (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010) an American administrator and educator, was a civil rights and women's rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.
Women are important to any society since they are the bearers of children, but to Native American tribes the women had many other very important responsibilities. Among some American Indian tribes the women would make many of the weapons that were used for hunting and war, and also built the homes they lived in, gathered firewood, as well as herbs for medicine, and nuts and berries for food.
Anna Tibaijuka is the highest ranked African female in the United Nations, heading the UN-HABITAT program. She is a Swedish-educated, Tanzanian-born leader who has fought for the rights of women living in slums or without homes. Since becoming the Executive of UN-HABITAT, she has greatly increased its budget and function in the United Nations.
Coast Guard Captain Dorothy C. Stratton. USCGR (W), Ph.D. (March 24, 1899 – September 17, 2006) Stratton was the director of the SPARS, the United States Coast Guard Women’s Reserve during World War II. She is the namesake of the Coast Guard’s third National Security Cutter, the USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752). She lived to be 107.
In 1897 small groups of women joined forces to form the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. (NUWSS) led by Millicent Garrett Fawcett who maintained that peaceful protests were the only way to achieve equal rights for women. Millicent strongly believed that violence or trouble caused by protesters would only prove to men that women could not be trusted with the right to vote.
Bessie Blount was an African American woman who led a life that was dedicated to helping those in need. She was a physical therapist and an inventor of apparatus that was designed to help the amputees that suffered permanent injuries in World War II. Bessie Blount has been called a "savior of the handicapped" for her invention that allowed World War II disabled veterans to feed themselves, and for her unique method of teaching them to write again.
Awesome woman, Kay Metheson standing behind Scotland's Stone of Destiny. Ms. Metheson was one of four Scottish nationalists who stole the stone from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day, 1950. The stone, the coronation seat of Scottish kings, was taken from Scotland in 1296 by Edward I and made into the seat of the coronation chair for future kings of England. Ms. Metheson and 3 others stole the stone and hid it for 5 months. In 1996 England officially returned the stone to Scotland.