Six More Marvelous Chicago/Illinois Women for Women's History Month
Florence Kelley 1859-1932
Quote: "In order to be rated as good as a 'good' man in the field of her earnings, she must show herself better than he...more steady...
trustworthy...skilled...or more cheap in order to have the same
chance of employment."
Worked with Jane Addams at Hull House (Chicago)
Investigated Labor industry and became Chief Factory Inspector for
the State (Illinois)
1895 Law Degree Northwestern University
Founded National Labor Committee
Founder of Women's International League for Peace
Leona Woods Marshall 1919-1986
Quote: "When do we become scared?" question to Enrico Fermi.
Leona was the only female present when the (nuclear)
first reactor went critical.
Physicist: worked on the first nuclear reactor and bomb
Worked on developement of Geiger counters
Author: The Uranium People (1979) a history of early atomic research.
Jean Crawford Adams 1886-1972
Quote: When I attempt to analyze what it is that has had the greatest effect on my art, I conclude it is Chicago...as it is today. ...it's characteristic elements, the hustle and turmoil of the great windy city of ours, its dynamic force, the titanic upheavals of its politics, the Hugeness and vitality.
Dynamic Chicago Artist
1915 Art Institute's Manual
1925 Prize Chicago and Vicinity Show (Art Institute)
Whitney's survey Exhibition of Paintings and Prints Chicago Artists
1933 Century of Progress- Art Institute Loan Program
1939-40 Art Institute "Half Century of American Art"
Maria Saucedo 1964-1981
Community Activist, Poet, Theater performer, Teacher,
Challenged class and racial/ethnic inequalities
Instilled pride in Mexican Culture
Fought for bi-lingual education in schools
Leader who dedicated herself to all people who suffered in oppression
(Died at age 27 from injuries from an unsolved fire)
Wilma L Vaught USAF Retired
Quote: Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom. That our resolve was just as great as the brave men who stood among us. And with victory, our hearts were just as full and beat just as fast, and that the tears fell just as hard for those we left behind.
First woman to deploy in an Air Force bomber in action
First woman to reach rank of Brigadier General in the USAF
Military Representative to Defense Advisory Committee on Women in Services
Chairperson: Committee of Women in NATO Armed Forces
Pushed for, raised funds, and worked for the Women in the Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
Today, still fighting for women's causes in the military.
Mae Jemison b. 1956
Quote: "Sciences provide an understanding of a universal experience. Arts are an understanding of a personal experience...they are both a part of us and a manifestation of the same thing...the arts and sciences are avatars of human Creativity."
US Astronaut on the Endeavor
Doctor in the Peace Corps
First Black woman in Space in 1992
Author, children's books and science fiction
Today: Active in environmental, health and educational organizations
Again, I'm sorry I did not keep track of all the sources as I skipped around the internet. We have the world and HISTORY at our fingertips, if only to seek inspiration and truth. Many of the facts I have stated were from multiple sources. In any case all of these women were and some still are inspiring.
Every town, state in this great country, has women's stories that need to be told and passed on to the next generations. History lives in everyone's daily actions, all we need to do is record it, be inspired, learn and remember.
Please look further into these exceptional women
and their stories.
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