International Women's Day: 3 Amazing Women You've Never Heard Of
With International Women's Day (March 8, 2018) and National Women's History Month (March) quickly approaching, we wanted to bring your attention to 3 amazing women that you may or may not have heard of. Incredible women who risked their lives rebelled against social norms and took brave steps to help us get to where we are today. We ask you to read their stories and help pass them along: tell your students, tell your kids... tell your barista! Celebrate them for helping us to get where we are today and continue fighting for all human rights!
Bold. Brave. Patriotic.Paul Revere’s ride is famous but it’s no more daring than Sybil Ludington’s ride through the night to warn Patriot troops that the British were coming to burn Danbury. She was just sixteen years old! Imagine riding through the night, alone on a road frequented by outlaws and British soldiers. She became the 35th woman to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp. Inspire your kids with her story by visiting the US Stamp gallery.
Nicknamed the Enchantress of Numbers, Ada was brought up on a heavy diet of mathematics and science in her mother's attempt for her not to turn out like her father, the famous poet Lord George Gordon Byron. Ada took to numbers and language like a fish to water and soon began learning from brilliant minds like Mary Somerville, a Scottish astronomer and mathematician, and Charles Babbage, known as the father of the computer.Ada is credited as having first theorized that codes could be created using letters, numbers, and symbols telling the machine what to do and that computers could do much more than simple calculations. She also wrote about a method of instructing machines to repeat a series of instructions, known today as looping. Forward thinking as Ada was, her contributions to computer science weren't widely recognized until over a century after her death. Teach your kids all about the first computer programmer!
Elizabeth Jane Cochrane
Daring. Articulate. Resourceful.Feigning mental illness in order to get herself admitted to a mental hospital, Nellie Bly worked undercover to expose neglect and physical abuse of patients. This was in 1887! Nellie, real name Elizabeth Jane Cochrane - she added the e to Cochran later in her life - seemed to hold nothing back. When finances prevented her from finishing a teaching degree, she used journalism as a way to spur reforms. She also traveled around the world in 72 days, beating the fictional character in Jules Verne’s book by eight days! Gotta love her spunk! Share her love of social justice and adventure with your kids by visiting Biography.com.
Show Your Pride!
Here are 9 tee's to wear to school to show your support for women's rights and look fabulous while doing it!
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