As I read about the accomplishments by women who’ve been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, I was amazed and filled with admiration for these individuals that rose above challenges and moved forward to bring positive change to this world. I’ll recap as best I can, those inductees, and encourage you to read the following article so you can fully appreciate their works: https://www.womenofthehall.org/introducing-2017-nwhf-inductees/
- The Honorable Matilda Raffa Cuomo (1931- ): A dedicated advocate for women, children and families, leading state, national and international initiatives that heightened visibility to such causes as children’s rights, volunteerism and mentoring.
- Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965): A groundbreaking playwright and essayist, was the first African American woman to have a show produced on Broadway, and the first black playwright to earn several awards in her field.
- Victoria Jackson (1955- ): Dramatically shifted her focus, talents and financial resources “from mascara to medicine” when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, shaping a paradigm-breaking approach to medical research.
- Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987): Editor of Vanity Fair magazine, front-line European and Asian war journalist in WWII, acclaimed author and playwright, two-term U.S. Congresswoman, first woman appointed U.S. Ambassador to a major nation (first Italy, then Brazil). Luce was instrumental in the creation of the Atomic Energy Commission and established an endowment program, one of the single most significant sources of private support for women in science, mathematics and engineering.
- Aimee Mullins (1976- ): Born without shin bones, learned to walk on prosthetic legs by age two, held top-secret security clearance at the Pentagon working as an intelligence analyst (by age 17), first amputee to compete in the NCAA, conceived of and was the first to wear and compete in prostheses modeled after the hind legs of a cheetah – now the international standard for amputee runners. Mullins is involved in fashion modeling, acting and motivational speaking to help others shatter perceived limitations and reinvent themselves.
- Carol A. Mutter (1945- ): Served for over 31 years in the US Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Lieutenant General and achieving many firsts by a woman in the military field. She entered the Marines when 1% of Marines were women and no women were in the deployed services, has and is serving on various military boards and commissions, and is the recipient of many military awards.
- Dr. Janet D. Rowley (1925-2013): A geneticist whose research established that cancer is a genetic disease and led to the development of the cancer drug imatinib, one of the most effective targeted cancer therapies to date, leading to 90% of patients with certain forms of leukemia being “cured” (previous life expectancy 3-5 years).
- Sherry Lansing (1944- ): Best known in the motion picture business (Forrest Gump, Braveheart, Titanic, Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal), started the Sherry Lansing Foundation dedicated to public education and encore* career opportunities as well as health and cancer research.
- *An encore career is work in the second half of life that combines continued income, greater personal meaning, and social impact. These jobs are paid positions often in public interest fields, such as education, the environment, health, the government sector, social services, and other nonprofits.
The final two inductees support agriculture:
- Alice Waters (1944- ): Chef, author and food activist, has for over four decades been a champion of local sustainable agriculture, and is credited with popularizing the organic food movement. Waters founded a project that advocates for a free school lunch for all children and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school. She’s also a national advocate for farmers markets and bringing local, organic foods the general public.
- Dr. Temple Grandin (1947- ): Diagnosed at age two with Autism Spectrum Disorder, she’s an animal sciences innovator and champion of farm animal welfare whose highly skillful designs for livestock handling systems transformed the industry and are used worldwide today. Dr. Grandin currently conducts research, teaches and consults internationally on autism, animal behavior and handling, as well as advancing quality standards and assurance in the meat and livestock industries.
Wow! Impressive, right? Again I say, read the full article on these women by clicking the link below, and appreciate what they have done for all of us in this world. As the saying goes,
“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”— Unknown
How many of you know a strong woman? Recognize them by commenting below.
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