There are many remarkable women from our past and present that were willing to take risks and become true pioneers.My list of “Daring Women” were able to transcend their fearlessness to others, and make a profound statement in history.
Here’s my list of Daring Women:
Eleanor Roosevelt – Niece of President Theodore Roosevelt.She married Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In 1921 she joined the League of Women Voters. In 1933 she supported New Deal Social Reform and defended black and women’s rights.
Rosa Parks – A Civil Rights Activist. She was the first African American woman to refuse giving up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.Her refusal to give up her seat started a 381 day bus boycott,which inspired the Civil Rights Movement.
Sandra Day O’Connor – In 1981 President Reagan,appointed her an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.After receiving her education at Stanford University she practised law and was Assistant Attorney-General for Arizona in 1965 – 1969.
Gloria Steinman – Educated at Smith College and became a Journalist. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s founded New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine. She was very active in the Democratic politics and in the feminist movement.
Virginia Wolfe – She was a successful writer.”A Room Of One’s Own” and the “Three Guineas” were influential inter-war feminist statements.
Lady Margaret Hilda Thatcher – Educated at Oxford University. She was Conservative Politician and former Prime Minister of Britain. In 1979 she was the first woman Prime Minister in Britain.She served as Prime Minister for 12 years. Longer than any man in the century.
Amelia Earhart – Pioneer Aviator. She flew across the Atlantic in 1932. She attempted a round the world flight from New Guinea in 1937. She inspired a generation because of her courage.
Billie Jean King – Tennis Player. She won 20 Wimbledon titles.These included:six singles,ten doubles,and four mixed. In 1981 she was named in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Hilary Clinton – She became First Lady and Lawyer. She studied at Wellesley College and became Yale Chair Committee on Women in Profession.
Her interest included Women’s Economic Initiatives in the Third World. Just recently she ran for President of the United States for the Democratic Party.
Madonna – A music and fashion icon. She has sold over 50 million records worldwide and still creates songs that are hits on the Music Billboard Record Charts.
Oprah Winfrey – She is an accomplished global media leader and philanthropist. She is one of the most respected and admired woman today. At the age of 19, she became the youngest and first African American Woman to anchor the news at Nashvilles WTV-TV. In 2004 the United Nations Association gave Oprah the Global Humanitarian Award.Today she continues to have a successful empire that includes her own talk show and O magazine.
Ellen Degeneres – In 1982 Ellen was voted as “Funniest Person in America”. Today she has a daytime talk show called “The Ellen Degeneres Show”.Her talk show won 15 Emmy Awards and is the first talk show in TV history to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show in its first 3 seasons.Ellen was daring when she came out as a lesbian on her televion series April 1997. She is now married to Portia de Rossi.
There are many more women that are influential and daring. This list is only a short list of daring women that continue to influence and inspire the generations.
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