Learn About Some Impressive Women in History
March is Women's History Month. International Women's Day took place March 8, 1911. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the week of March 8 as National Women's History Week. It was 1987 that March became Women's History Month.
Althea Gibson grew up in Harlem, according to history.com. She became a professional tennis player in 1959. Gibson was the first African-American to win titles in Wimbledon, French and U.S. Open. Gibson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971. She was also a competitor on the women's pro golf tour in the 1960s. She died in September 2003.
Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, and her family moved to the Netherlands. They went into hiding in 1942. Two years later they were found and sent to concentration camps. Only her father survived. While in hiding, Anne wrote of her life in the Secret Annex, writing about war and penning short stories. "Anne Frank's Diary" has been translated in 70 languages.
Harriet Tubman was a field hand and in 1849 fled slavery. She was the "conductor" of the Underground Railroad. Tubman returned 19 times to free her family and many others. Tubman also helped during the Civil War as a nurse, scout and spy. After the war Tubman continued to help others adjust to freedom.
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born August 26, 1910, in the Republic of Macedonia, according to biography.com. Her mother shared with her "never eat unless you share with others." In 1928, Agnes decided to become a nun at 18. In Dublin with Sisters of Loreto she took the name Sister Mary Teresa. She traveled to Calcutta, India, to teach school. In 1937, she took the title Mother Teresa after taking the Final Professions of Vows and began working within the slums of Calcutta in 1946.
She established a hospice, centers for the blind, aged and disabled. Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She died at 87 in 1997. Blessed Mother of Calcutta will be made a saint in September 2016, according to abc.com.