Great Women

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Great Women

Great Women: Brigadier General Wilma Vaught

FIRST WOMEN IN HISTORY BRIGADIER GENERAL WILMA VAUGHT, USAF (1930-) One of the most highly decorated women in US History is Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught. Of the dozens of really great and interesting comments said by this one-of-a-kind General, she recounted that when rank was denied to female military nurses in 1901, “The male…

By Jeanne Owers |
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Great Women: Annie Oakley

FIRST WOMEN IN HISTORY ANNIE OAKLEY (1860-1926) Annie Oakley, was born Phoebe Ann Moses, (or sometimes spelled Mosey), on August 13, 1860 in Drake County, Ohio. Both her father and stepfather died when she was about 4 or 5, and she was sent to the Darke County Infirmary, where she received both schooling and sewing…

By Jeanne Owers |
Career & Money

Dean Rachel Croson, Economic & Academic Powerhouse

Q & A Interview Dr. Rachel Croson Dean of the College of Business UT Arlington Dr. Croson, tell us about your childhood. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Los Angeles, and attended Venice High School by Venice Beach. My parents still live in the house I grew up in. I have one…

By Rachel Croson, PhD |
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“Mama Jolly”: Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Helping Ugandan Women Rebuild Their Lives

For over 40 years I have dedicated my career to nonprofits dealing with life and death issues, extreme poverty, lack of clean water, lack of health services or education. I have traveled throughout Latin America and to East Africa meeting many women whose struggles truly touched my heart and made me grateful for my blessing…

By Tricia Medrano Bridges |
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Great Women in History: Mary Ann Shadd Cary

MARY ANN SHADD CARY (1823-1893) Born in Wilmington, DE, the eldest of 13 children of free Negros, (as African-Americans were then known,) Mary Ann was a role model for women in education and law. She was the second black woman in the United States to earn a law degree. She attended Howard School of Law…

By Jeanne Owers |
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The Night My Sister Stared Old Irma Down (Great Women Blog Contest Winner!)

We were nice girls from a little town in northern Wisconsin. My sister Holly was full of grace. She was helpful. Kind. Not an ounce of malice. She seemed to do everything right, but not because she was Little Miss Perfect. There was nothing artificial about her. I adored my older sister and looked up…

By Linda Seger |
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The Kitchen Table: My Mother’s Office (Great Women Blog Contest Winner!)

When were younger, we practiced our reading at the kitchen table. Mama would be cooking, and we would be reading out loud. I still wonder how she knew the words before we did. As we continued our education even college homework would be done at that table. When my sister and I did our 4-H…

By Maricia D C Johns |
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Great Women In History: Martha Coffin Wright

MARTHA COFFIN WRIGHT (1806-1875) Born on Christmas Day, Martha Coffin Wright was one of America’s First Women Heroines, became an active feminist (before the term was even known), a Quaker, an abolitionist, and sister to another well-known abolitionist, Lucretia Coffin Mott. She was the youngest of 8 children. In 1822, Peter Pelham, then 37, and…

By Jeanne Owers |