Eileen Collins: The First Female Spaceflight Commander

by Jenny Rowan Since the start of the Space Race in 1957, almost 600 people have been to space to date. Of those, only 67 have been women. Only five have been their mission’s commander. The first to be assigned to that coveted crew position was Eileen Collins, an Air Force test pilot who also … Continue reading Eileen Collins: The First Female Spaceflight Commander

The First First Lady

by Laura Klotz It’s well understood that the First Lady of the United States is, at least usually, the wife of the President. The role is a little undefined, but she’s the social center of the White House and a great supporter of the President. The origins of the title, however, are less well known. … Continue reading The First First Lady

Dr Martha Hughes Cannon – The First Female State Senator

by Claire Miles Well known in the US for being their first female state senator, Dr Martha Hughes Cannon was a remarkable and pioneering women in many ways, and is one of the many women from history whose name deserves to be better known. Pioneer Martha – or Mattie as she was more usually known … Continue reading Dr Martha Hughes Cannon – The First Female State Senator

She Merchants: Elizabeth Murray

by Alycia Asai Think of the history makers in business. Who comes to mind? Magnates such as Rockefeller and Ford? Now think of women business owners and leaders. Name anyone? If you found yourself stuck, you are not alone. Most would be hard-pressed to name a woman known for her role in developing a business. … Continue reading She Merchants: Elizabeth Murray

Waging War On Women: How the United States Army used Gendered Fear to Defeat the South

by Sylvia Broeckx Whilst travelling through the United States during the Civil War, British journalist George Augustus Sala questioned ‘whether either ancient or modern history can furnish an example of a conflict which was so much of a "Woman's war" as this.’ Sala’s comments referred to the passion with which women on both sides of … Continue reading Waging War On Women: How the United States Army used Gendered Fear to Defeat the South

So Long as Grass Grows and Water Runs – The Conley Sisters

By DM Testa How far would you go to stop the graves of your family, including your mother, from being disturbed?  When Kansas City officials decided the weathered tombstones of a Native American burial ground had to go, Eliza (Lyda), Ida, and Helena (Lena) Conley vowed to protect the two-acre plot where their forebearers were … Continue reading So Long as Grass Grows and Water Runs – The Conley Sisters

“The First Lady of the Struggle”: The Remarkable Mary McLeod Bethune 

By Holley Snaith “A woman is free if she lives by her own standards and creates her own destiny, if she prizes her individuality and puts no boundaries on her hopes for tomorrow.” Mary McLeod Bethune  In the early 1880s, a young African American girl would often accompany her mother, a former enslaved person, to … Continue reading “The First Lady of the Struggle”: The Remarkable Mary McLeod Bethune 

Two Wheels and Tall Tales: The Journey of Annie Londonderry

by Ellie Hendricks Of all past inventions, bicycles can be pinpointed as one of the key material developments in the promotion of women’s rights. Through providing transport and freedom in the 19th century, bicycles and the social phenomenon they brought with them represented a new personal liberty that few women of the time would have … Continue reading Two Wheels and Tall Tales: The Journey of Annie Londonderry

The “Woman Motorist of the Century”: Alice Huyler Ramsey’s Monumental Drive Across the United States

by Holley Snaith Alice Huyler Ramsey in 1909, the year she became the first woman to drive across the United States. Source: National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library “Good driving has nothing to do with sex. It's all above the collar.” Alice Huyler Ramsey A torrential rainfall fell upon New York City on June … Continue reading The “Woman Motorist of the Century”: Alice Huyler Ramsey’s Monumental Drive Across the United States

Saint Jane: The Life and Reform Work of Jane Addams

by Holley Snaith “Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.”  Jane Addams  Jane Addams has been called the Mother of Social Work. An innate servant with a vision, she opened her heart and the doors of Hull-House in Chicago to those identified by society as … Continue reading Saint Jane: The Life and Reform Work of Jane Addams