Amelia Mary Earhart was an aviator, author, adventurer, talented woman. She was born July 24,1897 in Atchison, Kansas where her grandparents lived. Her grandfather was a model citizen and held high position in the city. Both Amelia and her sister spent alot of time living with their grandparents because they were wealthy and secure. Amelia’s father was very unstable with work and couldnt always support the family. Amelia didnt get into flying until after she volunteered for the American Red Cross in World War 1. She worked with alot of people who were pilots in the service. Eventually she was able to obtain her own plane but had bad luck with flying mostly due to the fact that the plane engines werent as strong back then. It was years later and after she studied pre-med that she got back into again. Eventually, Amelia was invitied to become the first lady to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She also was the first solo female aviator to cover the Pacific as well. In 1937, she dissapeared. Not much was left but a few articles of clothing, and some freckle cream.
Phylicia Rashad was born June 19, 1948, in Houston, Texas. She is best known for her role as the portrayal of an attorney and mother Clair Huxtable on the hit 80s sitcom, The Cosby Show. When the show ended she continued to act and her breakout role was “A Raisin in the Sun” making her the first black woman to win the coveted honor for a dramatic lead role. In 2009, she earned the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special. Rashad has accomplished many awards throughout her acting career making her a renown actress in the business.
She has made her place in the industry and is well respected as playing a strong black mother and wife. While studying at Howard University she became apart of the illustrious Alpha Kappa Alpha showing that she is a role model to all. Rashad continues to inspire and comes from a family of performers who perfect their craft. Her family helped influence her acting with her sister as a performing dancer, Debbie Allen, it just help to push this actress further to aspire who dream of acting in Hollywood and being on film.
She has always been an inspiration to many African American women because she utilized that women can be educated and strong in a household while having a working husband by her side. Even though the show ended she continued to work on plays and be an advocate for other Black women by paving the way to inspire other young children to want to act and still be a lady. Her family helped to inspire her acting career and it gave her the confidence to continue acting and be a positive role model in the performing arts.
Her name is Isabella Van Wagner born into slavery in 1797. She was one of twelve children of Elizabeth and James Wagner. Her siblings were scattered on different plantations throughout the world. Therefore,she never knew any of them. She was a native of Hurley,Ulster County,New York . Charles Hardenberg owned her. Therefore,she never had any physical contact with her parents.
Isabella had an arrange marriage to a man name Thomas. The two of them had five children throughout their marriage. All of her children were sold as slaves. Imagine how she felt having to watch her children sold to slaves was hard and brutal. But she could not do anything about it. But in order to survive through slavery,strength and courage were the the main factors.
Isabella ran away from Dumont in 1827 But she was released from the anti slavery law in 1827. Isabella had deeper thoughts for life and got even closer to God.She changed her name to Sojourner Truth. She spoke with a deeper voice and with power that had an effect on everyone.
This women pioneered birth control in America. Her mother had several miscarriages before her birth, so it is thought that it affected her perspective on child birth. After studying nursing, she realized that women needed more information on their sexual health. Sanger started educating women about sex in 1912 by writing a newspaper column called “What Every Girl Should Know.” Through her work, Sanger treated a number of women who went did “in-home” abortions. Sanger wanted to help women in these situations, and she fought to make birth control information and contraceptives available. She also began dreaming of a “magic pill” to be used to control pregnancy. “No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother,” Sanger said.
In 1916, she opened the first birth control clinic in the United States. Sanger and her staff, including her sister Ethel, were arrested during a raid of the Brooklyn clinic nine days after it opened. They were charged with providing information on contraception and fitting women for diaphragms. In 1921, Sanger established the American Birth Control League which turned into Planned Parenthood. Through her birth control advocacy, she endorsed eugenics. This is the attempt to optimize a child through selecting mating. Along with her pro-women actions, this gave way to even more controversy against her. Her argument was that “every child should be a wanted child”. Even if that meant choosing one like one would build an app.
Aviator Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. In 1923, Earhart, fondly known as “Lady Lindy,” became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license. She had several notable flights, becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, as well as the first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific. In 1937, she mysteriously disappeared while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator. Since then, several theories have formed regarding Earhart’s last days, many of which have been connected to various artifacts that have been found on Pacific islands including clothing, tools and, more recently, freckle cream. Earhart was legally declared dead in 1939. She spent much of her early childhood in the upper-middle class household of her maternal grandparents. Amelia attended several different schools. She showed an early passion for science. After seeing wounded soldiers returning from World War I, she volunteered as a nurse’s aide for the Red Cross. Earhart came to know many of the wounded who were pilots.
She developed a strong admiration for aviators, spending much of her free time watching the Royal Flying Corps practicing at the airfield nearby. In 1919, Earhart enrolled in medical studies at Columbia University. At a Long Beach air show in 1920, Amelia Earhart took a plane ride that transformed her life. It was only 10 minutes, but when she landed she knew she had to learn to fly. Working at a variety of jobs, from photographer to truck driver, she earned enough money to take flying lessons from pioneer female aviator Anita “Neta” Snook. She read everything she could find on flying, and spent much of her time at the airfield. She cropped her hair short, in the style of other women aviators. Worried what the other, more experienced pilots might think of her, she even slept in her new leather jacket for three nights to give it a more “worn” look.
In the summer of 1921, Earhart purchased a second-hand Kinner Airster biplane painted bright yellow. She nicknamed it “The Canary,” and set out to make a name for herself in aviation. On October 22, 1922, she flew her plane to 14,000 feet, the world altitude record for female pilots. On May 15, 1923, Amelia Earhart became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license by the world governing body for aeronautics. After Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight from New York to Paris in May 1927, interest grew for having a woman fly across the Atlantic. In April 1928, Amelia Earhart received a phone call from Captain Hilton H. Railey, a pilot and publicity man, asking her, “Would you like to fly the Atlantic?” In a heartbeat she said “yes.” She hoped her influence would help topple negative stereotypes about women, and open doors for them in every field.
On the morning of May 20, 1932, she took off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. On May 22, 1932, she made an appearance at the Hanworth Airfield in London, where she received a warm welcome from local residents. Earhart’s nearly 15-hour flight established her as an international hero, as she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Several other notable flights followed for Amelia Earhart, including a solo trip from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California. This flight established her as the first woman as well as the first person to fly both across the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans.
Hilary Clinton is the epitome of a well-rounded woman. She served as our former United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, U.S. Senator, and she was also first lady of the United States. While taking on the title as “first lady” from 1993 to 2001 she was the first First Lady to hold a postgraduate degree and to have her own professional career up to the time entering the White House. During Clinton’s professional upbringing she faced a lot of adversity. Starting with critics considering it as being inappropriate for the First Lady to play a vital role in matters of public policy. Secondly, her relationship with her husband brought about much speculation when the Lewinsky scandal happened. Lastly, she faced a plethora of controversy while running for against president Obama in 2008. We were able to witness the many different reactions of outsiders towards women and their hardships. Some people admired her level of strength and poise when private situations are made public, some sympathized with her, and others criticized her as being an enabler. I admire Mrs. Clinton for being a woman and holding her grounds with her marriage and most importantly her career. I would consider Hilary Clinton as being a political media socialite being that she has caught a lot of both negative and positive attention within the media.
Condoleezza Rice is the first black woman and second woman period to hold the position as national secretary advisor. She then went on to become the first black woman to serve as Secretary of State. One of her most famous quotes on her life is “I think my father thought I might be president of the United States. I think he would’ve been satisfied with secretary of state. I’m a foreign policy person and to have a chance to serve my country as the nation’s chief diplomat at a time of peril and consequence, that was enough.” Condoleezza Rice shows to be a true person who cares for her country and its perseverance. Born in Alabama during the early 50’s, Rice was exposed to a great deal of racism. Educationally she did not let these tribulations hold her back. She worked her way all the way until she earned her PH D. from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies in 1981. She soon became a political science professor teaching at Standford University. In 1993 she earned the title as the first African-American to serve as provost at Standford.
Throughout the mid 80’s and 90’s Condoleezza Rice spent her time holding a few different positions within the government. The year of 2001 was when she really began to break down barriers as she became the first black woman to serve US. Secretary of State. She set forth her department on a mission to build and sustain a democratic, well- governed state around the world. Aside from Rice’s power roles in government she has also found the time to write three different books all dealing with politics and issues around the world. Most recently, Condoleezza Rice with the accompany of Darla Moore both became the first women members of a golf club that has been traditionally known to turn down women dating back since 1933. Recently at a conference the republican supporter gave a heart lifting speech where she shared her passion for education and public service. She told of her plans to go back and teach at Standford University. She also voiced how her goals are to be an educator rather than a politician.
Condoleezza Rice is a woman who we need more of in today’s society. We need more women who are willing to teach, share, and uplift others so that we all may have what it takes to be successful in whatever light we choose. She represents women in a positive eye despite her past downsides in the media. She is a living example of a successful woman who knows how to push through tough times and is always looking to climb the next step in life. She stands as a groundbreaking leader and example for black people and women alone.