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American Women in History

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Elise Mercer

on 13 March 2014

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Champion Soccer Player
Actress and Musician
Feminist Activist
Activist, Founder and CEO of
Women for Women International
CEO of Xerox Corp.
Secretary of State 1987-2001
Global Nutrition Advocate
The first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States on 28 February. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honor of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.
The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women's Day, international in character, to honor the movement for women's rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament.
Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for 'Bread and Peace' on the last Sunday in February. Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.
The Charter of the United Nations was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. Since then, the UN has helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programs and goals to advance the status of women worldwide.
Women's Day
Equality for women
is progress for all.
Civil Liberties and Religious Tolerance
"He who has God's
grace in his heart
cannot go astray."
Politician, Former Secretary of State
"Human rights are women’s rights,
and women’s rights are human rights.
Let us not forget that among those
rights are the right to speak freely
— and the right to be heard."
Author of The Feminine Mystique
“Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves.”
American Foundation for the Blind
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
Aviation Pioneer
“You can do anything you decide
to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure,
the process is its own reward."
First Lady of the World
"I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on."
Media Mogul, Philanthropist
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”
First Lady of the United States of America
“As women, we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for reach other. As women, we must stand up for justice for all."
Underground Railroad Conductor
Harriet was born a slave and raised on Maryland's Eastern Shore where the lines between slavery and freedom were often blurred.

Harriet earned the nickname "Moses" after the prophet Moses in the Bible who led his people to freedom. In all of her journeys she "never lost a single passenger."

Just before Harriet's death in 1913 she told friends and family, "I go to prepare a place for you." She was buried with military honors in Fort Hill Cemetery in New York.
"I looked at my hands, to see if I was the same person now that I was free."
Served as head of the United Nations Human Rights Commission and drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Congress passed the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote during FDR's presidency.

Eleanor assists with the formation of the National Youth Administration; She coordinates meetings between FDR and NAACP leader Walter White to discuss anti-lynching legislation.
English pilgrim seeking religious freedom

Her own religious conviction and charisma threatened the leadership of local clergy and she was banished from Massachusetts

In 1791 the First Amendment was passed protecting the freedom of religion and other liberties
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
With her book The Feminine Mystique (1963), Friedan broke new ground by exploring the idea of women finding personal fulfillment outside of their traditional roles.

Advanced the women's rights movement as one of the founders of the National Organization for Women (NOW), NARAL and the National Women's Political Caucus

Friedan published The Second Stage (1982), in which she presents a more moderate feminist position from her earlier work.
Began her media career by hosting a hit television chat show,
People Are Talking
, in Baltimore and was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show.

The Oprah Winfrey Show aired for 25 seasons and in 2011 Winfrey launched TV network OWN.

According to Forbes magazine, Oprah was the richest African American of the 20th century.

Life magazine hailed her as the most influential woman of her generation.
An illness in early childhood that left her both deaf and blind. She overcame this great struggle with help of teacher and life-time companion, Anne Sullivan.

Attended Radcliffe College and graduated in 1904.

In 1915, she co-founded Helen Keller International to combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition.

In 1920, she helped found the American Civil Liberties Union and in 1921 the American Federation for the Blind.
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.

During World War I, she volunteered as a nurse's aide for the Red Cross and often watched the Royal Flying Corps. practice.

In 1937, she mysteriously disappeared while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator.
Attended Yale Law School and graduated in 1973.

In 1988 and 1991, The National Law Journal named her one of the 100 most powerful lawyers in America.

Clinton became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.

Barack Obama nominated and the Senate officially approved Hillary Clinton as the 67th U.S. Secretary of State on January 21, 2009.
She attended Princeton University, graduating in 1985, and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988.

Michelle worked as an associate in the Chicago branch of the law firm Sidley Austin in the area of marketing and intellectual property.

She has focused her attention on issues such as the support of military families, helping working women balance career and family, and encouraging national service, and combating child obesity.
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