We all know the accomplishments of Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony, but what about Shirley Chisholm, the first black congress woman or Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from medical school? March is Women’s History Month, and in its honor I want to recognize some of my favorite “herstory” makers.
- Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking book, The Feminine Mystique, challenged the traditional roles of women at home and in the work place. Friedan was also a co-founder for the National Organization for Women.
- Jane Addams was one of the first noted female social workers. She opened the first settlement house, Hull-House, in Chicago, Ill., and was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Sally Ride broker barriers in the work place and outer space. In 1983, Ride was aboard the Challenger as a mission’s specialist.
While I hold a degree in Women’s Studies, I never actually took a women’s history class. There wasn’t one offered. The history and accomplishments of women in both U.S. and global history was weaved into each course. Still, I felt quite ashamed of myself when I took Biography.com’s women’s history quiz. In honor of Women’s History Month, test your knowledge and think of the accomplishments of those who have paved the way for today’s women. Who were some of your favorite “herstory” makers?