With Independence Day right around the corner, we are focusing on women who have shaped our world through their courage and determination. These women have fought for what is right, even if it means being on the front lines. They did not fear what others thought and were not silenced by those around them. As my daughters grow up, I try to teach them to have this same strength throughout their lives. From Abigail Adams to Maya Angelou, women throughout history have made their mark, and today we celebrate them for all their efforts that have shaped the world we live in today.
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Anna Maxwell is said to be the "American Florence Nightingale." She took the nursing and women's role in the war to a whole new level by demonstrating the importance of nursing in the war and fighting to have nurses awarded military rank. In 1901, The Army Nurse Corp was formed, and in 1920, nurses were awarded military rank. Once she retired, she helped raise money for the Anna C. Maxwell Hall at Columbia University. She died in 1929 and was the first woman buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Find out more at Jacksonville U. Photo via Columbia.
Sally Ride broke barriers by being the first American woman, as well as the youngest American, in space. She hoped to inspire young adventurers, especially girls, to continue to pursue their passion for the sciences through children's books and creating the company, Sally Ride Science. Last year she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is our nation's highest civilian honor. Find out more at NASA. Photo via Wikimedia.
Not all the American heroes are from the past, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester is the first woman to earn the Silver Star for heroism in combat because of her courageous actions in Iraq. This honor is the third-highest decoration in the United States military for valor. She stands as a present day example of true patriotism and courage. Find out more at MPT. Photo via Wikimedia.
Amelia Earhart's quote, "Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done" pretty much sums up the strength and dedication Amelia Earhart had. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and founded the women's aviation club, Ninety-Nines. Her actions stand as an example for girls all over the world that they can do anything they put their mind to. Find out more at Amelia Earhart. Photo via Wikimedia.
It is no surprise that Rosa Parks would be referred to as "The Mother of Civil Rights." She believed that "Each person must live their life as a model for others." Rosa refused to give up her seat and move to the back of the bus because of the color of her skin. This stand was a pivotal point in our history for women and the civil rights movement. Find out more at The Henry Ford. Photo via Wikimedia.
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