In the past hundred years, many people have had a dramatic influence on the world. However, the people we usually recognize are men. Einstine with E=mc and John Kennedy with “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” Now it’s time to recognize the women who dramatically changed history and generations of lives. There are many women that should be mentioned in this paper but the women I write about have changed my life as well as yours.
Ann Richards is a former governor of Texas. She had many different beliefs but one thing she believed strongly in was education for everyone. I believe she should be on the list for the century’s 100 Most Important Women because of her willingness to defend the weak. She is a hard worker and stands up for her believes. She paved the way for American women to go for their dreams and never let people tell them what they can and can’t do. People laughed when she announced she wanted to be governor. But after she was elected governor, they didn’t laugh any more.
Babe Didrikson was one of the most important women in sports history. Her first major athletic achievement occurred when she was 16 years old and was named an All-American high school basketball player. She proceeded to international fame in track and field. She won several U.S. titles, and in the 1932 Olympic Games she won gold medals in javelin and 80 meter hurdles, and a silver in the high jump. She became a professional golfer in 1948 after having great success as an amateur. That year she captured the U.S. Women’s Open title, which she won again in 1950 and 1954. Didrikson was the Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year in 1932,
1945-47, 1950, and 1954. Her accomplishments paved the way for many future female athletes.
Amelia Earhart was a strong, self-motivated women. She made a solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart’s solo transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Ireland in 1932 gained her great fame. In July, 1937, as she attempted the first round-the-world flight via the equator with navigator Frederick J. Noonan, her plane mysteriously disappeared after takeoff from New Guinea. A search for Earhart and Noonan failed. Their fate became the subject of unending speculation. One theory is that their plane went down on the Pacific island of Nikumaroro. Her bravery paved the way for other women who wanted to fly planes. It was no longer just “a man’s job”.
Although extremely shy, Eleanor Roosevelt made herself a powerful voice on behalf of a wide range of social causes, including youth employment and civil rights for blacks and women. This did not always sit well with the America public. Segregation was an accepted way of life in America and white people did not want to change things. This made Eleanor Roosevelt very unpopular with the white middle and upper class Americans. Also, her husband Franklin was know to have several mistresses. Eleanor chose to ignore these affairs and this also caused strife with the American public. Instead, she conducted press conferences, had her own radio program, and wrote a daily newspaper column, “My Day,” which was nationally syndicated. After her husband’s death, she continued in public life. She served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations and helped draft the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was first lady of the United States during the administration (1961-63) of her first husband, John F. Kennedy. She had been a newspaper reporter and photographer before their marriage in 1953. As First Lady, she was a patron of the arts and an international fashion-trendsetter. Under her supervision the White House was restored and redecorated and declared a national museum. She was riding beside President Kennedy when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. After his death she became reclusive and did not grant interviews or allow anyone to interview or photograph her children, John Jr., and Caroline.
Each one of these women have added something special to the lives of Americans whether you are a man or woman you have benefited from
the gifts these great ladies have left us because of their devotion, dedication and faith they have had in their cause. Without these women inspiring others, our country would be less than it is now.
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