National Women's History Month commemorates and encourages the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in history in order to inform the present and inspire the future.
Celebrate March Women’s History Month by learning about these influential, but sometimes less known, women. Their biographies are scattered throughout campus. There are 31 clues (hint: check out the digital displays). Can you find the name of the woman that corresponds to the clue?
The more names you can find and fill out, the more chances you have to win. Enter for your chance to win a $50, $30, or $20 gift card to the bookstore.
Co-sponsored by the Women’s and LGBTQ+ Resource Center and Public Safety and Auxiliary Services.
- In 1926, __________ was admitted to the Supreme Court Bar, making her the first Black woman to practice law in front of the U.S.’s highest court of law.
- __________ was the first woman and the first Latinx to serve as Surgeon General of the United States.
- __________ fought to change the restrictions of female ranks in Judo. By 2011, she had reached the rank of 10thdan.
- __________ is America's first female rabbi ordained by a rabbinical seminary.
- Although she was the first woman to undergo the Mecury astronaut tests, __________ was denied acceptance into the program. Later she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for spending decades as a missionary pilot in the Amazon.
- Born on an Osage Indian reservation in 1925, __________ began dancing as a child and joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1942. Her exquisite technique, energy, and grace made her one of the greatest ballerinas in the United States.
- __________, a swimmer, received the first athletic scholarship awarded to a woman (University of Miami) just a year after the Title IX of Education Amendments Act of 1972 was passed.
- An American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist __________ is best known for her poems and prose that largely deal with issues related to civil rights, feminism, lesbianism, and the exploration of black female identity.
- President Obama nominated __________ to the U.S. Supreme Court and in 2009 was sworn in as the first Latinx justice of the nation’s highest court.
- In 1974, __________ and twenty-two other women and girls she had organized protected the natural resources of their community in northern India by surrounding the trees and chasing away loggers.
- In 2014, __________ became the first openly transgender woman to receive an Emmy nomination.
- After working for the Cherokee Indian Nation as a planner and developer, __________ became the tribe’s first principal female chief in 1985.
- In her doctoral research, __________ invented a distillation method to prevent bacterial contamination of intravenous injections and went on to develop the now standard tuberculosis skin test.
- __________ is known as an author who used science fiction as a vehicle to highlight the challenges facing humanity. Her books blended elements of science fiction and African-American spiritualism.
- __________ co-founded the United Farm Workers Association in 1965 and organized the UFW’s Delano Grape Strike that same year benefitting more than 10,000 farm workers.
- As a U.S. Representative from Illinois’ 8th Congressional District, __________ is the first Asian-American Congresswoman from that state, the first disabled woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress to be born in Thailand.
- In 2016, __________ took the command of the U.S. Northern Command, making her the first female officer to command a unified combatant command.
- Consistently ranked on the Forbes list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” __________ made history as PepsiCo’s first woman CEO.
- In 1966, __________ cofounded the National Organization for Women and, 11 years later, she also became the first African American woman to be ordained as a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church.
- After a difficult time finding a medical school that would accept women, __________ eventually went on to become the first woman in America to earn her medical degree.
- In 1891, following the death of her brother, __________ became the first and only female monarch of the Hawaiian nation. American deposed her in 1983 after she attempted to repeal the Bayonet Constitution to restore power to the Hawaiian monarchy.
- Not only was _________ the first Latinx American in space, according to NASA “She is a co-inventor on three patents for an optical inspection system, an optical object recognition method, and a method for noise removal in images.”
- After joining the American Ballet Theatre in 2000, __________ quickly rose to solo roles and became the first African American principal ballerina in ABT history in 2015.
- __________ is known for successfully campaigning with other tribes in the 1950s and 1960s to resist the U.S. government’s attempts to procure land and resources by terminating tribal status.
- As a twenty-one-year-old undergraduate architecture student at Yale University, __________’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial won a public competition in 1981.
- After hearing Fredrick Douglas speak at a Brooklyn Church __________ became involved in the campaign for civil rights and was eventually appointed the executive secretary of the NAACP in 1910.
- After escaping an abusive arranged marriage, __________ founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian organization dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives.
- In 1992, __________ became the first African American woman to travel in space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. She also founded her own organization which encourages love for science in young students.
- __________ wrote Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America’s Concentration Camps,the first published work by a Japanese American on the topic of internment. She went on to become an advocate for Japanese Americans who were denied compensation for mistreatment.
- __________ an undocumented Latina transgender activists, caused controversy when she interrupted President Obama during his speech at the White House reception marking LGBT Pride Month.
- As a photographer and traveler who contracted polio as a child and walked with a limp for the rest of her life, __________ was best known for her photography documenting the Depression-era, with which she humanized the consequences of the Great Depression.
Complete the information below and return to the Women’s and LGBTQ+ Resource Center (FH140) or email a digital copy to WLGBTQ@metrostate.edu. Deadline to submit for the drawing: Friday, April 5th
Name: ________________________________□ Student □ Staff/faculty □ Community
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