Even More Astonishing Women
Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney
September 11th pilot. Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney had her orders on Sept 11th: Bring down United Airlines Flight 93. The day’s fourth hijacked airliner seemed to be hurtling toward Washington. Penney, one of the first two combat pilots in the air that morning, was told to stop it. She didn’t have live ammunition. Or missiles. Or anything at all to throw at a hostile aircraft. Except her own plane. So that was the plan.
Frances Perkins Wilson
(born Fannie Coralie Perkins; April 10, 1880 – May 14, 1965) was the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the longest serving in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. As a loyal supporter of her friend, Franklin D. Roosevelt, she helped pull the labor movement into the New Deal coalition. She and Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes were the only original members of the Roosevelt cabinet to remain in office for his entire presidency.
(7 December 1921 – 8 July 2013) – One of the first military female pilots in the Soviet Union. Was highly decorated with awards including the title “Hero of the Soviet Union”, the Gold Star Medal, the Order of Lenin, and three Orders of the Red Star during the WWII. Part of the Night’s Witches.
(October 29, 1837 – January 1, 1910) was an African-American slave, folk artist, and quilt maker from rural Georgia. She used traditional appliqué techniques to record local legends, Bible stories, and astronomical events on her quilts. Only two of her quilts are known to have survived: Bible Quilt 1886 and Pictorial Quilt 1898. Her quilts are considered among the finest examples of nineteenth-century Southern quilting. Her work is on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.
Michele Pred is a Swedish-American conceptual artist. She works with found and confiscated objects and technology imbued with cultural and political meaning. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries, art fairs and museums in London, Stockholm, Sydney, New York, Bologna, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, the 21st Century Museum,
(1986 until 2004) Preston served as President and CEO of BMI from 1986 until 2004. Divorced secretary who turned bmi into a multi-million dollar organization. Helped pave the way for royalty rights in the music industry. The Nashville native nurtured the careers of thousands of songwriters, performers and publishers in all musical genres during her career at BMI, which spanned six decades.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
(/ˈɛlᵻnɔːr ˈroʊzəvɛlt/; October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, having held the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office, and served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952.President Harry S. Truman later called her the First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements. “
(October 23, 1911 – August 23, 1999) was an American pioneering broadcast journalist and entrepreneur. She was the creator and first moderator of a public-affairs program, first on radio as The American Mercury from June 24, 1945, and as Meet the Press on the NBC television network from November 6, 1947. She remains the only female moderator in the over-six-decade history of the show.
Frederica Sagor Maas
(July 6, 1900 – January 5, 2012) was an American dramatist and playwright, screenwriter, memoirist, and author, the youngest daughter of Russian immigrants. As an essayist Maas was best known for a detailed, tell-all memoir of her time spent in early Hollywood. She was one of the rare supercentenarians known for reasons other than longevity.
(9 May 1920 – 11 January 1980) was a female leader of the Cuban revolution, the first female to be inducted in the rebel army, and a close associate of Fidel Castro.
Made it possible for Title IX to be signed into law. Title IX prohibited sex discrimination in any federally funded education activity or program. Made it possible for women to gain equality among men in college sports. Early on, she was denied a faculty position because she came on too strong for a woman.” “
(December 19, 1836 – April 21, 1920) – was the first woman to deliver a commencement speech at a university. She graduated with honors from Connecticut Normal School, using her dowry funds for tuition. She became principal and superintendent of schools in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She served as professor of history at Swarthmore College from 1871 to 1880. She was one of the first women named to a college professorship.
(Persian: مرجان ساتراپی) (born 22 November 1969) is an Iranian-born French graphic novelist, cartoonist, illustrator, film director, and children’s book author.
is a writer who also teaches courses in mythic literature and women’s studies at California’s Meridian University, and is co-manager of the Open Book bookstore and co-founder of the Open Book Press. Her book, Sabina Spielrein: The Woman and the Myth (SUNY Press, 2017), explores this key figure in the history of psychoanalytic thought, from a feminist and mytho-poetic perspective.
(13 March 1921 – 14 June 2012) was an Austrian-born biographer, historian, and investigative journalist who came to be known for her interviews and profiles of controversial figures, including Mary Bell, who was convicted in 1968 of killing two children when she herself was a child, and Franz Stangl, the commandant of the Treblinka extermination camp.
(19 January 1954 – ) is an American photographer and film director, best known for her conceptual portraits. In 1995, she was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
(紫 式部?, English: Lady Murasaki; c. 973 or 978 – c. 1014 or 1031) was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at theImperial court during the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012. Murasaki Shikibu is a nickname; her real name is unknown, but she may have been Fujiwara Takako, who was mentioned in a 1007 court diary as an imperial lady-in-waiting.
Marie Skłodowska Curie
(November 7, 1867 – July 4, 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.
Annie Smith Peck
(October 19, 1850 – July 18, 1935) was an American mountaineer. She lectured extensively for many years throughout the United States, and wrote four books encouraging travel and exploration.
(25 October 1885 – 11 August 1942) A Russian physician and one of the first female psychoanalysts. She was a pioneer in the early stages of the birth of psychoanalysis, the first to propose the thesis about instinctual life, which Freud later adapted. Her contributions have been overlooked and, until recently, mostly forgotten.