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By now, you’ve probably seen the many, many videos circulating through social media that highlight “women’s beauty throughout history“. And while its fun to see how fashions and trends have changed (what were we thinking in the 80’s?!) I’ve noticed that it all seems to just focus on what the women wore, not so much what they were doing. My sister knows how much stuff like this bugs me and sent me this awesome video! I loved it so much that I had to share it with you!

The maker of the video, Karolina Zewbrowska, said that although not all of the statistics are from one country (some are from America, others are from Russia) she wanted to show what women around the world were going through at the time, rather than just showing their clothes:

“I became more and more aware that beautiful faces and fashion we see on the photos, ads, and fashion plates are just an idealistic version of reality…So here’s to reality.”

 

Get it, girl.

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Women’s Equality Day was yesterday, celebrating the anniversary of the day women earned the right to vote back on August 26, 1920. You know who we have to thank for that? These women!

Susan B. Anthony

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A leader in the suffragist movement, Susan fought hard for women’s rights as well as the abolition of slavery.

 

Antoinette Brown Blackwell

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Antoinette was a co-founder of the American Woman Suffrage Association!

 

Lillian Feickert

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Lillian served as the President of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association and later ran for Congress!

 

True, we have come a long way from organizing petitions and handing out leaflets to promote the right to vote for women. However, this infographic from Time.com shows we still have a ways to go, especially with getting more women involved in government. So let’s encourage each other, fellow ladies, and those young women coming up after us to pursue our dreams, reach for the stars, and know that we can be absolutely ANYTHING we want to be and make a difference for the better in this world!

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While looking up info on the web today, I caught a glimpse of today’s Google Doodle. Wondering what it was about, I clicked on the image to learn more. And boy, am I glad I did! Because I found today’s kick-a woman for Her’s Day Thursday, Ida B. Wells!

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Ida B. Wells was born July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi just before Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. Her parents were slaves but recently freed from the proclamation. Ida’s father was very interested in politics and campaigned for black candidates. This spurred Ida’s passion to fight for civil rights.

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Her parents and little brother died during a yellow fever outbreak when she was just 16 years old, leaving her and her other five siblings orphaned with nowhere to go. Ida’s relatives wanted to split the children up between foster homes, but Ida wouldn’t stand for that. She started working as a teacher to provide for her family. She saw discrimination first hand in the segregated school when she realized her white counterparts were paid $80 a month, while she only made $30.

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Lit with a fire of indignation at the social systems in place, she started working as an investigative journalist to uncover cruelties against African Americans. Ida uncovered the ugly truth about lynchings, after three of her friends were brutally murdered for crimes they didn’t commit. She wrote many articles about injustices against the black community and fought hard for civil rights. Her activism ruffled feathers, causing the newspaper she worked out to be destroyed. But she didn’t let ignorance from others stop her; she kept going! She worked with many notable leaders of the day, including Frederick Douglass, to promote civil rights for blacks and voting rights for women.

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Remember today’s “doodle” isn’t just about a neat picture, its about a great woman who fought hard for the rights of her people and her gender.

 

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Raising a girl in this day and age can be terrifying. With the internet and social media literally in the palm of their hands, girls today can get such mixed and harmful messages. Though you may limit their screen time, the message can still seep in. This is why I am always looking for awesome resources to help me raise a confident, self-assured young woman!

 

For those parents of little ladies, I thought I’d take a break from my normal Her’s Day Thursday and share some of my findings with you!

 

A Mighty Girl

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This website is awesome! They are basically you’re one-stop site when it comes to finding media of all kinds that will inspire your adventurous girl to go out and change the world! Here’s a snippet from AMG’s “About” page:

A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, movies, and music for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls and, of course, for girls themselves!

After years of seeking out empowering and inspirational books for our four young nieces, we decided to create A Mighty Girl as a resource site to help others equally interested in supporting and celebrating girls. The site was founded on the belief that all children should have the opportunity to read books, play with toys, listen to music, and watch movies that offer positive messages about girls and honor their diverse capabilities.

Girls do not have to be relegated to the role of sidekick or damsel in distress; they can be the leaders, the heroes, the champions that save the day, find the cure, and go on the adventure. It is our hope that these high-quality children’s products will help a new generation of girls to grow and pursue whatever dreams they choose — to truly be Mighty Girls!

 

7 Wonderlicious

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Though their website isn’t much, their app packs a punch of female empowerment for the next generation! The app (available on iPhone and Android) has interactive stories that promote leadership in young girl’s as well as educating about positive character traits.

From 7Wonderlicious’s About Page:

We are girls’ champions and superhero wannabees, we believe in the power of vision, hope, hard work, meaning and contribution.

We are going to change the world and forever eliminate all threats to girlhood, we don’t settle for anything less.

It’s going to be a difficult but a very rewarding journey, we will start small based on the resources we have today but we will reach for the moon and the stars.

We will start in the west by forming and supporting a tribe of highly resourceful, confident, happy, healthy and empowered girls, but we will not stop there.

Our tribe will grow into a movement of hope to resolve bigger, more complex problems affecting girls in third world countries and developing nations. There will be nothing that our tribe will not be able to resolve.

Our 7 Wonderlicious girls represent all women; mums and daughters that want to be free from false limiting beliefs that are oppressing their true nature and getting in the way of allowing them to fulfill all their dreams. Our girls will inspire, will guide and educate billions of little girls around the world.

Will you join our tribe?

 

Educating Girls Matters

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Educating Girls Matters is a non-profit group that goes into developing countries to educated young girls and women. According to their site, “two-thirds of the world’s uneducated children are girls, and two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women.”

Their mission is to “provide potential donors with news about educating girls and links to websites of organizations that help educate girls/women around the world.”

 

Girls Inc.

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Girls Inc. has been around since the Industrial Revolution! Its original mission was to help young women who had migrated from rural areas in search of jobs in the factories and textile mills. According to their site, they “inspire[s] all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face.”

The programs at GI are designed to help educate girls about what they are capable of. They seek to inspire girls to look further into their interests of science and math as well as helping their communities by learning/educating others about teen pregnancy and drug abuse prevention as well as adolescent health, violence prevention, and sports participation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know of any websites/apps that help empower young girls? Share in the comments below!

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Earlier this week, I opened my browser and saw the CUTEST Google Doodle:

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The doodle was for Sally Ride‘s birthday and I thought, “Hey! Now I have my Her’s Day Thursday lady!”

Sally Kristen Ride was was born on May 26, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA to a women’s correctional facility counselor and a political science professor. Sally always had a heart for science and earned her bachelor’s degree (and later her master’s and Ph.D.) in English and Physics.

In 1978, Sally saw an advertisement in the Stanford school newspaper seeking people for the space program. Sally was one of 8,000 applicants and was chosen to join NASA as an astronaut.

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Being the first female astronaut, Sally faced a lot of scrutiny. During a press conference before her first space flight in 1983, Ride was asked, “Do you weep when things go wrong on the job?” (Really? Really?) But Sally faced it with grace. She went on to totally rock her position aboard the Challenger and became the first American woman in space, the first woman to use the robot arm in space, AND the first woman to use the robot arm to retrieve a satellite! (Take that, Howard Wolowitz!)

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Before her third mission, tragedy struck close to Ride. The Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff in 1986. After that, Ride was stationed in Washington D.C., and appointed to a presidential committee that investigated the disaster. Ride went on to found NASA’s Office of Exploration.

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In 2003, Sally founded Sally Ride Science, an organization that produces science entertainment and publications to help get middle and high school students (especially girls) excited about science!

Sadly, Sally passed in 2012, less than two years after receiving a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Though she is gone, her legacy will live on and inspire young girls to believe in their dreams and keep shooting for the stars!

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I’ve got such a cool chick to tell you about for today’s HtH!

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Jacqueline Cochran (born May 11, 1906 in Pensacola, FL) was an amazing pilot. Check out her accomplishments:

  • First woman to compete in the MacRobertson Air Race (1934)
  • Only woman to compete in the Bendix race (1937) (Jackie also helped Amelia Earhart to get the race to allow women to enter.)
  • First woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic Ocean
  • Five-time winner of the Harmon Trophy for the most outstanding woman pilot in the world
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross

 

By 1938, she was considered the best female pilot in the United States! She earned the nickname “Speed Queen” and no other pilot went as fast, far, or high in all of aviation history than Cochran!

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Jackie was also a part of Wings for Britain, an organization that sent aircrafts built in the US to Britain. While in Britain, Jackie volunteered as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. She worked for the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) which recruited women pilots in America and took them to England to join the ATA.

 

Among Cochran’s accomplishments, she also helped start the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and became its director. Cochran’s work in WASP included training hundreds of women pilots in Sweetwater, TX. Jackie was also a sponsor of the Mercury 13 Program (remember that?)!

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Thank you, Jackie, for being an awesome inspiration to girls everywhere!

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Typically, I highlight a lady that has made a contribution to the world on HDT. However, last night as I was scrolling through Facebook, I saw this video. I thought it was absolutely wonderful. Not only does it show the disrespect and misogyny that, sadly, runs rampant today, but also puts those behaviors and attitudes into perspective.

Compelling, right? We need to raise up our sons to respect women and raise our girls to demand respect. Let’s change this world for the better, people!

(Happy birthday, Dad! Thanks for being an awesome father and raising my sisters and I to be strong and confident! You’re amazing! Love you!)

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My sister is in grad school right now and, in one of her classes, she has to read books of different genres and write book analyses’ on them. The other day, I walked by the kitchen table and saw this:

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Which got me thinking, who are the Mercury 13 women? I’ve never heard of them, but they sound like some awesome ladies! Here’s what I found out!

 

Back in 1960, William Randolph Lovelace II (the creator of the tests used to determine whether or not a man could become an astronaut) wondered how women would fare under the same tests. Together with Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb, they started their research.

 

Jerrie Cobb, gassing up the shuttle.

Jerrie Cobb, gassing up the shuttle.

Cobb and Lovelace looked over 700 records of female pilots in order to find candidates and finally found 32 women who met the specifications. These women were put through rigorous and, at times, invasive tests that calculated their ability to withstand the stressors of space.

One of the M13 Women riding a stationery bike to test her endurance.

One of the M13 Women riding a stationery bike to test her endurance.

Of the 32 women tested, 13 passed the first phase of testing and were advanced to the next phase. Those women were:

Myrtle Cagle

Jerrie Cobb

Janet Dietrich

Marion Dietrich

Wally Funk

Sarah Gorelick (later Ratley)

Janey Hart (née Briggs)

Jean Hixson

Rhea Hurrle (later Allison, then Woltman)

Gene Nora Stumbough (later Jessen)

Irene Leverton

Jerri Sloan (née Hamilton, later Truhill)

Bernice Steadman (née Trimble)

Eight of the surviving Mercury 13 Women

Eight of the surviving Mercury 13 Women

Because of family commitments, not all women were able to travel to Oklahoma City, OK for additional testing. Some of the women were later asked to go to Pensacola, FL for more testing (Phase III) but received a telegram a few days before the start date, informing them that the training had been cancelled.

Immediately, Jerrie Cobb flew to D.C. to lobby for the right to resume the testing. However, she was met with much resistance. After committee hearings and even letters written to the President of the United States, the program was never reinstated. Though some may see Jerrie Cobb’s fight as lost, it paved the way for future female astronauts like Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

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So kudos to you, Mercury 13 women, for having The Right Stuff!

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Today’s wonderful woman is Hedy Lamarr! Don’t know the name? You should!

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Hedy Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in 1914 in Vienna, Austria. In the 1920’s, Hedy was discovered as an actress by a producer who promptly brought her with him to Berlin. Lamar starred in several popular films including Comrade X (with Clark Gable) and Come Live With Me (with Jimmy Stewart).

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Acting, however, was her second love. Her first love was science. In the 1940’s, Hedy started working with radio wave technologies. She and composer George Antheil co-invented the technology for spread spectrum and frequency hopping. This technology has been incorporated into today’s technologies such as Wi-Fi, CDMA, and Bluetooth tech! Hedy was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

Hedy proved she was not just another pretty face, but had brains to boot!

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Sorry about no post yesterday, folks. Oklahoma decided to kick off spring with tornadoes. So my family and I were hunkered down in the bathroom as an EF1 tornado blew over the top of our home. It may not sound like much, but it ripped apart a school and flipped a semi. I even saw an uprooted tree on the way to the grocery store today! So, yeah, I didn’t have time (or energy or focus) to blog yesterday. But, enough of that. On to today’s kick-a la-day!

I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day and saw an amazing stream of photos. No, not from the set of the new Star Wars flick, but of a female member of the European Parliament taking her young daughter to work with her. That member is Licia Ronzulli.

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A member of the New Forza Italia party, Licia started bringing her daughter, Vittoria, to parliamentarian sessions when she was only 6 weeks old. {Sidebar, how beautiful is that name?!} Ronzulli’s photos of her and her child have brought the question of mandatory paid maternity leave for working mothers back into conversations (one that the U.S. desperately needs to discuss!). 

She is also a member of the Commission of Women Rights and Gender Equality and on the Subcommittee on Human Rights. In 2009, Ronzulli was elected to the position of Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Joint Africa-Caribbean-Pacific-UE Assembly. This group promotes human rights and democracy.

This hard-working momma is definitely an awesome gal in my book!

 

Do you know of any other women you’d like to see on Her’s Day Thursday? Tell me in the comments below!