Thursday, March 6, 2008

Tribute to Women

So March is Women's History Month...I was unaware of this until a couple days ago. MSN had a list of a lot of ladies who've made a difference. I think women are very powerful, some people underestimate women, that we can't do some things because we are women, or that we shouldn't say certain things because we are women, ect. But I think woman have gone a LONG way!!! A lot of these woman I have never heard of until now but here are some examples....

Elizabeth Blackwell - She was the 1st American Female Doctor - She had submitted her applications to so many different schools, and they all rejected her. One school took a vote to see if she was capable enough to be a doctor! One of her big accomplishments was in 1868, after the Civil War, she opened the Women's Medical College. That's a pretty amazing woman...

Sally Ride - She was the 1st American Female Astronaut - Many people do know this amazing woman. She went through extensive training to become an astronaut, training that men might say woman couldn't do. And in 1983 history was made by this lady, she was aboard the space shuttle the Challenger. And has spent now over 943 hours in space...pretty wicked!

Janet Guthrie - 1st Woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 - Before she made history on the Indianapolis track, she would race her Jaguar in the Sports Car Club of American Races. Other "hobbies" (wish these were my hobbies...haha) were a pilot and a flight instructor. She didn't finish the race when she first raced, but raced the next year and finished 9th. And in 1980 she was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame.

Diane Crump - 1st Woman to ride in Kentucky Derby - Going on to the track she was booed and hissed at but she finished 15th out of 17 horses, and was glad she didn't finish last. In your face booers!!

Agnodice - First Woman to Practice Medicine in Greece - She disguised herself as a man, studied medicine, and set up a huge practice in Athens. She was so successful that other people were jealous. She revealed her inner woman, and was almost sentenced to death, until her patients came to the rescue...(da da da daaaaaa) and said they would kill THEMSELVES. (she must have been darn good) They released her as long as she treated women and only women.

Deborah Sampson - Woman in Disguise - The brave woman dressed up in a soldiers uniform to fight in the Revolutionary War. Got pelted in the leg and she removed the musket balls (bullets in the day I guess) herself so no one would find out her identity. Then she got hit in the shoulder and developed brain fever, and was soon discovered. But was let out of the war on honorable discharge, thanks to Paul Revere.

Rosa Parks - Boy do we all know this powerful woman! She said NO to a man, a white man at that, during the civil rights movement. Now that is brave! So she was arrested and fined for her actions. Which made everyone upset and they boycotted the bus company, which then lead to desegregation. Now that is a strong woman.

I'm honored to be a woman!! We are powerful beings. God made us for a reason!! I'm thankful for that. I know many powerful woman too, all that have made a difference in my life, they may not have made history world wide, but they've made the greatest impact on my heart. I don't want to go naming any names and leave anyone out. But if you've ever given me advice, lended a hand, shared a laugh, made a memory, taught me a lesson, let me cry on your shoulder, and you just got a fuzzy feeling in your tummy because you know I am talking about you...then my friend you've made history to me. I'm blessed with the best friends in the world. The best Mother in the world, the best sister, and the best grandmothers, aunts, cousins, family in general!! I've had many women influence me along my journey of life, and will have many more on this journey called life. I'm thankful to wake up every morning and know there is someone out there that cares about me...doesn't have to, but wants to. I love each and every one of you ladies.

"Cause I'm a Woman....W-O-M-A-N"

1 comment:

Margie said...

Very interesting read Maci! I loved it. Thank you for reminding me of how powerful we are as women. I am also thankful for the strong woman you are in my life.