Women’s History Month


Kristen Farley, Editor in Chief

As we all know, this month is Women’s History month. I think we should all take this opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate some of the most bold and impactful women of history. 

Susan B. Anthony:

Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17.



Dolly Parton: 

Dolly Parton has been a longtime supporter of charities, especially those relating to literacy. She established the Imagination Library in 1995, which sends one book per month to children from the time of their birth until they enter kindergarten. She gave $500,000 in 2006 to Fort Sanders Medical Center. She also opened Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which created both an attraction and jobs for a town that was previously rather poor.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent a lifetime flourishing in the face of adversity before being appointed a Supreme Court justice, where she successfully fought against gender discrimination and unified the liberal block of the court. She served as the first female member of the Harvard Law Review. Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her career as a justice where she left off as an advocate, fighting for women’s rights. In 1996, Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion in United States v. Virginia, holding that qualified women could not be denied admission to Virginia Military Institute.

Amelia Earhart:

Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.

Clara Barton: 

Clarissa Harlowe Barton was a pioneering American nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, a teacher, and a patent clerk. Since nursing education was not then very formalized and she did not attend nursing school, she provided self-taught nursing care.


Rosa Parks:

  Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has called her “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”.

Deborah Sampson: 

 Deborah Sampson became a hero of the American Revolution when she disguised herself as a man and joined the Patriot forces. She was the only woman to earn a full military pension for participation in the Revolutionary army. She is one of a small number of women with a documented record of military combat experience in that war

Rosalind Franklin:  

Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer whose work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite.


Dr. Patricia Bath:   

Dr. Patricia Era Bath was an American ophthalmologist, inventor, humanitarian, and academic. She was the inventor of laser cataract surgery. Her invention was called Lazerphaco Probe.

Marie Curie: 

Marie Skłodowska Curie, born Maria Salomea Skłodowska, was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity