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Women Your Kids Need to Know About

November 13th, 2017

It’s interesting when you think about the things you learn growing up, and in school, whether it’s history, science, math or writing skills, some of the best parts include learning about the people in the world who made history come to life. And, my favorite part? The women who have made a difference by standing up for their beliefs, doing things that no one has done before and being brave in the face of adversity. So who is it? Who stands out on that list of women who have trail blazed through life that your children need to know about? I’m sure it’s different for all of us, depending on our interests and principles, but here’s a look at nine women who I think make the cut.

Women Your Kids Need to Know About

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  1. Anne Frank: She wrote one of the world’s best-selling books at the age of 13, and that wasn’t even her greatest accomplishment. Frank was a young Jewish girl forced to flee from her home in Germany and go into hiding from the Nazis.
  2. Rosa Parks: Because sometimes saying “no” changes the world (teach this one carefully, parents). Also known as “the first lady of civil rights,” Rosa Parks was a pioneer of civil rights in a racially segregated Alabama in the 1950s.
  3. Amelia Earhart: The first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, she opened the skies to other women. In 1937 while attempting to become the first person to fly around the world, Earhart’s plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.
  4. Ella Fitzgerald: Considered one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, Ella Fitzgerald was the winner of 12 Grammy Awards and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  5. Helen Keller: A childhood disease left her deaf, mute, and blind. Helen Keller became an expert author and lecturer, educating nationally on behalf of others with similar disabilities.
  6. Oprah Winfrey: An actress and the host of a highly successful talk show, Oprah Winfrey has won several Emmy Awards. She has started her own TV production company and invested in media projects. She has also been a spokesperson for women’s health and family issues, and the prevention of child abuse.
  7. Diana, Princess of Wales: British Royal princess who was noted for her humanitarian charity work. Despite her troubled marriage to Prince Charles, she was popular for her natural sympathy with the poor and disenfranchised.
  8. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama: American lawyer and writer who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady.
  9. Sandra Day O’Connor: Retired associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving from her appointment in 1981 by Ronald Reagan until her retirement in 2006. She was the first woman to serve on the court.

There are so many amazing women out there who have changed the course of history, paved new paths for so many of us and have inspired more people than anyone could ever begin to count. These nine are in the forefront of my mind, but the list could go on for miles. Which women in history, or even today, inspire you?

(Bios taken from: redtri.com, Teacher.scholastic.com, biographyonline.net, Wikipedia)

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