As March comes to a close, we reflect back on the number of inspirational women throughout history. Women such as Grace Hopper, a US Navy rear admiral, who invented one of the first easy-to-use computer languages. Or, Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to be named an Astronaut. Lillian Smith, a paramount voice in opposition of segregation, using her station and privilege to speak out against Jim Crow. We have heard the names Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Rose Wilder and Sojourner Truth, not only an activist for racial equality but gender equality.
Many women spearheading careers and opportunities not traditionally sought after by women. Such as the WASPs, Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. These women stepped up to the plate in a major way in WWII when the US Army were in short supply of male pilots. The WASPs “...flew every aircraft in the Army’s arsenal. In addition to ferrying, they towed gunnery targets, transported equipment and non-flying personnel, and flight-tested aircraft that had been repaired before the men were allowed to fly them again. For over two years, the WASP went on to perform a wide variety of aviation-related jobs and to serve at more than 120 bases around the country.”
Female leaders in their field such as Jeanne Sinkford, an American dentist and administrator, who later became the first woman Dean of a dental school. Elinor Ostrom, the only female Nobel Laureate in economics. Ava Duvernay, Director of “A Wrinkle in Time” and the first African-American woman to direct a live-action film with a budget exceeding $100 million.
So many women that have helped shape our world and make it what it is today, it is difficult to honor them all. To all women, women of the past, present and yet to come, thank you!
Happy National Women’s Month,
~ First Impressions Dental
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