Women and Adversity

Women and Adversity: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Founded 1st American-based Catholic sisterhood; 1st native-born U.S. citizen canonized a saint in Catholic Church

January 10, 2019

  Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is known for other firsts besides those listed above: co-founder in 1797 of the 1st charitable institution in New York City, the Society for the ...

Women and Adversity: Sue Grafton Novelist, Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series

December 27, 2018

I've updated this blog, which I posted in April 2018, because it's the first anniversary of Sue Taylor Grafton's death. A year ago on December 28 the novelist passed away in Santa Barbara, CA. H ...

Women and Adversity: Marlisa Kay Small Cancer Survivor, Philanthropist, Ms. South Carolina 2018

December 13, 2018

Marlisa Small welcomes all the people who enter Marlisa’s Wig Studio & Spa in Little River, SC as if they are her best friends. She has a love for humanity because she’s been close to de ...

Women and Adversity: Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth

November 22, 2018

Tammy Duckworth is one of today’s most remarkable American women. I posted a blog in 2014 about Senator Duckworth - whose first name is Ladda - when she was U.S. Representative of the 8th Dis ...

Women and Adversity: Christine Jorgensen First openly transgender American

November 8, 2018

With Nov. 12-19 designated as Transgender Awareness Week, it’s appropriate to highlight Christine Jorgensen, the first American transgender to announce her change openly. Christine was born G ...

Women and Adversity: Raye Montague, Designer of Navy Ships, The Navy’s “Hidden Figure”

October 25, 2018

Raye Montague was one of those women of color whose talents were overlooked and underplayed for most of her life. She faced discrimination because of her color and her sex but believed she cou ...

Women and Adversity: Jane Addams Nobel Peace Prize winner, social reformer

October 11, 2018

Jane Addams struggled with health issues her entire life but was vigorous in her ambition: to relieve the hardships of the poor improve the status of women reform labor practices pro ...

Women and Adversity: Mamie Belton Johnson Professional Baseball Player in Negro Leagues

September 27, 2018

  Mamie Belton Johnson is the essence of what I want to achieve in this blog, showing adversity women have experienced. She loved playing baseball, having played the sport with the boys ...

Women and Adversity: Shea-Ra Nichi Dancer, Choreographer, Actress Women and Adversity: Shea-Ra Nichi Dancer, Choreographer, Actress Women and Adversity: Shea-Ra Nichi Dancer, Choreographer, Actress

September 13, 2018

   Shea-Ra Nichi (pronounced SHAY-rah NEE-chee) understands that every movement in African dances sends a cultural message, and she is meticulous in expressing the message correctly. She began ...

Women and Adversity: Susan Harris, Television comedy writer

August 23, 2018

Susan Harris is the brilliant creator, writer and producer of several situation comedies. She developed characters with problems and flaws that viewers understood. She wrote scripts for: ...


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