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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 ...


June 14, 2018

I featured Rula Jebreal and her background on this blog in August 2016 (link: after reading her semi-autobiographical novel Miral ...

Women and Adversity: Dena and Rebecca Lindgren Fictional sisters in Outside the Limelight, Book 2 in the Ballet Theatre Chronicles series By Terez Mertes Rose

April 12, 2018

Somehow this book got into my Kindle, and I couldn’t ignore it. Tutu, plié and barre are about the only ballet terms I knew until I read Outside the Limelight, but this novel’s message ...

Women and Adversity: Lucretia Mott Women’s Activist, Abolitionist

January 15, 2018

In the second decade of the 21st century on the heels of the 2017 “Me Too” movement, women must be reminded that a host of women activists came before us. One of the earliest in America was ...

Women and Adversity: Edith Wharton, First Women Awarded Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

August 10, 2017

  August 11 marks the 80th anniversary of Edith Wharton’s death. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1921 for “The Age of Innocence,” the first woman ever to earn that award. ...

Women and Adversity: Dr. Mae Jemison, First African American Woman in Space

July 27, 2017

  Dr. Mae Jemison’s accomplishments will undoubtedly elicit admiration from all women because of the scope of her talents. Born in 1956 in Decatur, AL, the youngest of three childre ...

Women and Adversity: Sally Ride First American Woman in Space

July 13, 2017

Women and Adversity: Sally Ride First American Woman in Space In January 1978, NASA chose six women to be astronaut candidates, and Sally Ride was one of them. She was dedicated to science, especi ...

Women and Adversity: Maya Angelou Author, Poet, Actress, Activist

February 23, 2017

  Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson in 1928 in St. Louis, was “first” in a number of enterprises: *  First black female cable car conductor in San Francisco *  "I ...

Women and Adversity: Dean Florence Wald Pioneer of Hospice in the U.S.

October 27, 2016

Women and Adversity: Dean Florence Wald Pioneer of Hospice in the U.S. After working at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London with Cicely Saunders, founder of the Hospice movement, Florence W ...

Women and Adversity: Dame Cicely Saunders Founder of Modern Hospice

October 13, 2016

Hospice has comforted millions of people worldwide, thanks to the persistence, determination and research of Dame Cicely Saunders. This woman was born in England in 1918 of a wealthy family. At ...


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