I’m going to assume that most of my readers have heard of Rosa Parks, a woman most commonly known for her bus boycott in 1955. Rosa Parks became one of the main figures in the Civil Rights movement by refusing to give up her seat at the front of the bus. However, unlike what people think, she was not the first to do this. Enter: Claudette Colvin.
For number 10 in my Influential Women series, I wanted to find a woman whom I know would shock. A while back, I read the book “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls“, and in it one woman in particular caught my attention: Jacquotte Delahaye, pirate. Yes, she was a pirate, much like the infamous Captain Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow. Only, Jacquotte Delahaye was real.
Time to take a different turn regarding this series: no more artists or social activists. Instead, I’m going to enter a terrain unknown to me: science. Specifically: astrophysics. The woman in question is Madhulika Guhathakurta, who is currently employed at NASA as one of its most respected astrophysicists.
It’s that time of the week again! Influential woman on request: Helen Keller. Even though she was born a healthy child, when she was only two years old Helen was struck by a horrific illness that left her both blind and deaf. This left Helen in a seriously disadvantaged position: besides the simple fact that she was a woman, she also could not hear nor see, and thus needed constant help and guidance. The terrible struggle she went through in her childhood because of this, however, never stopped her from making it in the outside world.