Private Cathay Williams was the only woman to serve in the US Army as a Buffalo Soldier. On November 15, 1866 she enlisted in the Army as a man. Williams reversed her name William Cathay and lived as a male soldier and served until she was found out due to the last of many illnesses she suffered while a serving. She is the only documented black woman known to have served in the Army during these times when enlisting women was prohibited
Vesta Stoudt. The mom of two sons in the Navy during WWII, she worked in an ammunition plant. She had the idea to use cloth tape to seal boxes of ammo so they could be opened in seconds while keeping the ammo dry, potentially saving the lives of soldiers when time was critical. Her bosses rejected her idea and she went straight to President Roosevelt via a written letter. A few weeks later, she received a response that the Navy was going to “fast track” her idea, and thus duct tape was born.
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Read about this lady! A midwife at Auschwitz, something you don't think about....."During her time at Auschwitz, Leszczynska delivered over 3,000 babies. Half of those were murdered and another thousand died from the horrible conditions in the camp. But those with blond hair and blue eyes, about 500, were sent to be raised as Germans, and another 30 survived the camp."
Recy Taylor: A Symbol of Jim Crow’s Forgotten Horror
After her brutal gang rape, Recy Taylor became a global symbol of American injustice and helped inspire the civil rights movement. So why has nobody heard of her today?
Boyd, Isabelle (Belle) (Civil War, American)
(1843-1900) Confederate spy during the American Civil War. Born to Mary Rebecca Glenn and Reed Boyd on May 9, 1843, in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), Belle Boyd became one of the Confederacy’s most active and well-known female spies. Boyd’s […]
"By the end of the war, May Bradford had written no fewer than 25,000 letters and notes – an average of about a dozen a day – on behalf of her charges at No 26 General Hospital in Estaple. Her Red Cross letters added precious details of injuries and condition to loved ones who otherwise received only a terse War Office note informing them that their husband, brother or son had been wounded." The Independent.
Katie Higgins, first female Blue Angels pilot, takes to the sky in C-130 'Fat Albert' | Studer Community Institute
CBS NEWS has a video report of history taking flight in the Blue Angels: a woman in the cockpit. U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins is the first female pilot in the team’s 69-year history. Michelle Miller took to the sky to see how Higgins got her wings. Link to CBS NEWS VIDEO REPORT.
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Harper Lee, Writer: To Kill a Mockingbird. Nelle Harper Lee grew up in Monroeville, Alabama in the 1920s. It was a time of hostility between whites and blacks in the United States, especially in Alabama. Her father, a lawyer, also ran a local newspaper. Her mother suffered from mental illness and oftentimes stayed inside from others; she was thought to suffer from bipolar disorder. Harper ...