A History of Women’s Achievement in America - America Becomes a Super Power
1.) 1936 - Eleanor Roosevelt Transforms the Role of First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt was First Lady who changed the image of White House wives, therefore pushing forward women's rights, and as the wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, helped push along all civil rights.
2.) 1942 - "Rosie the Riveter" joins the War Effort
Rosie the Riveter was the icon of women's worker in World War II, and exemplified women's contributions in the Greatest Generation, as seen in the WASPS, the Women's Air Force Service Pilots.
3.) 1950 - Babe Didrikson named Woman Athlete of the Half Century
Babe Didrikson, the great woman Athlete, was the best woman golfer and helped launch the LPGA.
4.) 1950 - Margaret Chase Smith Stands Up to Joseph McCarthy with Declaration of Conscience Speech
Margaret Chase Smith with her Declaration of Conscience Speech in the U.S. Senate, showed that women were strong leaders, thereby helping to further define the American female identity, and promote women's rights.
5.) 1950 -Gwendolyn Brooks Wins the Pulitzer Prize
Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author, inspired the idea of 'Black is beautiful.'
6.) 1955 - Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat on a Montgomery Bus to a White Passenger
Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus and set the stage for the end of segregation and the beginning of full Civil Rights for Blacks.
7.) 1956 - Tennis-Pro Althea Gibson Becomes the First African American Woman to Win Grand Slam Tourney
Althea Gibson, a Black athlete in tennis, opened the door for Black women athletes in American sports.