Susan B. Anthony’s birthday is on February 15th. In her honor, we have done some historical research and compiled a small list of historically significant women, as well as a brief description of their main “claim to fame”.
Joan of Arc (1412-1431) Amid the Hundred Years War, Joan assisted Charles VII to recover France from England domination. She was later captured by the Burgundian faction, who handed her off to the English. The English then declared her guilty of assorted charges, such as witchcraft and dressing like a man. She was burned at the stake in 1431 at the age of 19.
Martha Washington (1731-1802) Often referred to as “Lady Washington”, Martha was the United States’ “First Lady”. Martha was held in such high esteem through the 1800’s, her image was printed on silver dollar certificates in 1886, 1891, and 1896, making her the last woman to appear on paper currency, at least until the Harriet Tubman $20 bills are released.
Betsy Ross (1752-1836) Betsy Ross is known historically as the woman who created the US flag. When designing the flag, Betsy suggested the stars have 5 points rather than 6, and on June 14, 1777 congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as our official national flag.
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) A pioneer crusader for the woman suffrage movement in the United States, Susan helped pave the way for the creation of the the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote.
Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) Harriet Tubman was instrumental in a few historical events, including women’s rights. She is best known for utilizing the Underground Railroad to escort over 300 slaves to freedom.
Amelia Earhart (1897- Disappeared 1937) Amelia Earhart received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for being the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Rosie the Riveter (Created 1942) Although Rosie is not a real person, she symbolizes strength, as well as a great change in women’s history in the job force. The famous “Rosie the Riveter” poster was created in 1942 to encourage women to go out and take on the industrial jobs the men had left behind due to fighting in WWII. Women were taking on employment at lumber and steel mills, shipyards, factories, and many other places that were known as “men’s work” prior.
Is there a historically significant woman that has really influenced you? Share your story with us in the comments below.
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