10 Female American Heroes Your Daughter Should Know About

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. — Maya Angelou

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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Abigail Adams 2 of 11
Although 18th century America was not the most welcoming for women equality, Abigail Adams did not let that hold her back. While raising five children, with a husband that was away most of the time, she played a crucial role in being a voice for women's rights and helping the soldiers in the war. She welcomed the soldiers into her home and provided them with meals and even supplies when she could. Abigail and John Adams are considered to be "America's first power couple." It is through her letters that we have a very unique look into domestic and political life during the time. She once wrote to her husband, "If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.
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Anna Caroline Maxwell 3 of 11
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.
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Sally Ride 4 of 11
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.
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Clara Barton 5 of 11
Clara Barton made a major imprint on the world by focusing her efforts on providing help to those in distress by founding the American Red Cross in 1881. Her efforts began during the Civil War when she supported soldiers by bringing them supplies, reading to them, writing their letters, and more. Throughout her life, she continued to devote herself to helping those in need. She was a true hero and because of her efforts, she has inspired others to continue to be heroes today. She once said, "I defy the tyranny of precedent. I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind. I go for anything new that might improve the past."
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Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester 6 of 11
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.
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Amelia Earhart 7 of 11
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.
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Eleanor Roosevelt 8 of 11
Eleanor Roosevelt took advantage of her role as First Lady and spoke out about children's and women's rights, as well as human rights. Instead of staying in the back, she held press conferences where she was a voice for racial discrimination and the poor. She is now considered one of the first public officials to publicize important issues through the mass media.
Find out more at Biography.
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Maya Angelou 9 of 11
Maya Angelou is considered to be a "global renaissance woman." She made her mark on the world through her poetry, novels, films, and voice. There were no limits as far as she was concerned. She mastered six languages, served on two presidential committees, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts. She once said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou inspires women to spread their voice in a variety of different ways and to never stop learning.
Find out more at Maya Angelou.
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Susan B. Anthony 10 of 11
Susan B. Anthony was a driving force for the woman suffrage movement and also fought to abolish slavery. She played a key role in creating the International Council of Women, which is still active today. One of the major lessons she taught was that "Independence is happiness" and that "Failure is impossible."
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Rosa Parks 11 of 11
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.
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Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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