Women and Adversity

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 ...

Women and Adversity: Isabella Beecher Hooker

August 12, 2021

Isabella Beecher was considered frivolous by her family, and one reason was that she spent a lot of time checking her appearance. She wasn’t interested in marriage, but John Hooker, a lawyer ...

Women and Adversity: Hazel M. Johnson Mother of Environmental Justice Founder of People for Community Recovery

July 22, 2021

Hazel M. Johnson’s life as she knew it crashed in 1969 when her husband, John Johnson, died of lung cancer after being diagnosed a mere two weeks before. He seldom smoked, and she was bewi ...

Women and Adversity: Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, Advocate for Young Women in Malawi

July 8, 2021

“When girls are educated, everything is possible,” says Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, tribal ruler over the 900,000 people in Dedza District in the African country of Malawi. Chief Kachin ...

Women and Adversity: Irena Sendler Mother of the Children of the Holocaust

June 24, 2021

Irena Sendler's father told her when he was dying, “If you see someone drowning, you must try to rescue them, even if you cannot swim.” His daughter heeded his words and is credited with s ...

Women and Adversity: Hoelun, Mother of Genghis Khan

June 10, 2021

Most people recognize the name Genghis Khan even if they don’t know when he lived, what he did or why he is memorable. Who, though, recognizes the name Hoelun, the mother of Genghis Khan? The ...


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