Women and Adversity

Women and Adversity: 2022

January 13, 2022

It’s been a tough two years since the pandemic spread around the world. Word is that 2022 will see a decline in infections and deaths from the virus. The hope is that it disintegrates now, never t ...

Women and Adversity: Marie Curie

December 23, 2021

Does that perfect gift elude you? Try a biography of one of the most admired women in the world. I posted this blog in May 2021, but Marie Curie is worth reading about again. Born Maria ...

Women and Adversity: Lucille Clifton First Black Poet Laureate of Maryland

December 9, 2021

I chose to repeat my blog on Lucille Clifton because those looking for a Christmas present to give may consider her books of poetry. This woman aimed to have Americans realize, through her poe ...

Women and Adversity: Sarah Jane S. T. Garnet Cofounder of Equal Suffrage League of Brooklyn

November 25, 2021

Sarah Jane Smith Thompson Garnet argued that it was undemocratic to deny women the vote because they “had the same human intellectual and spiritual capabilities as men.” Garnet had a di ...

Women and Adversity: Admiral Michelle J. Howard

November 11, 2021

Since it is Veterans Day, I think it’s appropriate to honor a woman who is a veteran. I never knew that a woman, Michelle Janine Howard, had reached the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy ...

Women and Adversity: Belva Ann Lockwood, First Woman to Argue Before the Supreme Court

October 28, 2021

Belva Ann Lockwood’s flamboyant manner and special ability of self-promotion helped people of her era become more aware that women had talents equal to those of men. When she was denied the ri ...

Women and Adversity: Rebecca Lee Crumpler, M.D. First Black Female Medical Doctor in U.S.

October 14, 2021

I happened to come across an article in 2020 about a fundraiser to buy a headstone for Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler. I had never heard or read about this woman, and I wondered how the first Black ...

Women and Adversity: Ella Fitzgerald

September 23, 2021

Ella Fitzgerald dreamed of being a dancer and in 1934 entered an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, but the main show featured dancers, and Fitzgerald felt she couldn’t compete a ...

Women and Adversity: Marie Foster , Voting Rights Activist

September 9, 2021

It seems like not much has changed in the past 100 years for Blacks who wish to vote in Alabama. In the early 1960s, Marie Foster, who lived in Selma, tried eight times to get a voter’s card b ...

Women and Adversity: Tye Leung Schulze, First Chinese American to Vote

August 26, 2021

Tye Leung was born August 24, 1887 in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the youngest of eight children of Chinese immigrants. Her parents had arranged a marriage between Tye’s sister and an older ...

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