By Mermaid Shelley
"Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway." ~John Wayne
I probably should have majored in Women's Studies when I was in college, particularly focusing on women who contributed to the development and formation of the America of today. I am fascinated with the stories of women who had the courage to step up and out of their social norms. I would like to share with you a few women who made a positive difference in our world, for women and men alike.
American pioneer aviator. Inspired by Charles Lindbergh, she attempted but failed to fly the Atlantic in 1927. Nevertheless she was treated as a hero and went on to successfully promote women in aviation.
Native American rights activist. She gained fame as a translator and negotiator for the U.S. Army. She traveled extensively and lectured on behalf of her people and later established a school for Native American children in Nevada.
Zora Neale Hurston
American architect. Most famous for her design of William Randolph Herst's castle at San Simeon, California, she was the fist woman ever to gain a certificate in architecture from the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
American philosopher and author. Arguably most influential woman thinker of her generation, she was most noted for combining socialism and feminism to provide a coherent theory of women's oppression and for adding intellectual backing to the fight for women's rights.