Things I like: suffragettes, war workers, factory girls, socialites who got stuff done, ladies who ruled countries, and women who changed the world, even if it was just a little bit. Click on photos for sources.
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On this day in 1937, the famed aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan were last heard from before they disappeared. They made contact whilst flying over the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight. Soon after they went missing, a massive search operation was launched but to no avail. Her fate remains unknown to this day
On Saturday, 21 May 1932, Amelia Earhart was on her second Atlantic crossing when she was forced to land in a field near Derry (Londonderry) in her “Little Red Bus”.
Ireland of the Welcomes was to the fore in the Irish Independent account on Monday, 23 May 1932:”… the hospitality she had received after making her forced descent, for two minutes later she was in the cottage of Mr and Mrs Peter McCallion, who put their home at her disposal. Almost at the same time Mr Gallagher arrived and persuaded Miss Earhart to accompany him to his home, where Mrs Gallagher had tea already prepared.” There was no account of how the McCallions took to having the Gallaghers scoop them in what must have been the tea party of their lives!
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony in the US Capitol Rotunda
The Washington Post had a really interesting article about the lack of monuments to women in the US. Nationwide less than 8 percent of the 5,193 public outdoor individual statues in the US are of women. Only nine of the 100 statues in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall represent women.
EVE (Equal Visibility Everywhere) is working on correcting this imbalance. Right now they are working to get a Maryland statue for Harriet Tubman and a Kansas statue for Amelia Earhart. You can help by donating or volunteering. If you’re a history major, this seems like a really cool project to intern on.