Sugar Pie DeSanto
Legendary Blues Singer
"An assertive young woman who took no mess."
Called by an NPR critic as being "an assertive young woman who took no mess", Sugar Pie DeSanto is an iconic blues singer who began performing in the 1950's.
"Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail."
At 8 years old, she became the first African American student to integrate an elementary school in the South. In the words of Ruby Bridges, "Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you!" In 1960, Ruby Bridges' bravery paved the way for monumental change in our country. We recognize her for that courageous act as well as her continued life-long activism.
"I said I could and I would. And I did."
Working under the pen name Nellie Bly, Elizabeth Jane Cochran was a newspaper columnist in the 1800's who wrote women-centric pieces. After going undercover in an insane asylum for her series "Ten Days in a Madhouse", she pioneered investigative journalism. She later went on to report during WWI, continuing to bring light to women's issues before passing away in 1922.
Anna Lee Fisher
American Chemist, NASA Astronaut
First mother to travel to space
Meet Anna Fisher, the first mother to travel to space. After taking a leave of absence to raise her two daughters, she returned to the Astronaut Office to work in support of the International Space Station. She continued working until her retirement last year.
Coretta Scott King
"[I called for all women] To unite and form a solid block of women power to fight the three great evils of racism, poverty, and war."
Coretta Scott King, MLK Jr.'s wife was herself a powerful speaker and champion for human rights. HERdacity celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.'s life today by honoring his partner and wife.
Juliette Gordon Law
Philanthropist & Founder of the Girl Scouts
Life dedication to the advancement of young women
Juliette Gordon Low created the largest (and most successful) girls organization in the world. She dedicated her life to the advancement of young women until her death in 1927, but her legacy lives on through 1.8 million Girl Scouts.
Marine Biologist, Writer
"Hysterical" woman? Or influential environmentalist?
Though some tried to discredit her theories, Rachel Carson's passion changed history. Here's to one woman's passion. Here's to ALL the women whose passion drives their life's mission.
Writer, Social Activist
"The problem for all women is we're identified by how we look instead of by our heads and our hearts."
Gloria Steinem, born in 1934, is a writer and social activist who helped create New York Magazine and later founded the feminist Ms. Magazine. She continues to work for social justice and has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself."
A true visionary of her time, Coco Chanel left behind a monumental legacy still carried on by her fashion house today. Best known for her classic suits, little black dresses, and other timeless designs, she was a symbol of grace and elegance. She recognized that style was so much more than outward appearance, saying "beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself".