Women’s History Month: Women in History

  1. Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was an American civil rights activist, who is best known for her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955. The leaders of the local black community organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott that began the day of her conviction for violating the segregation laws. She became nationally recognized for her dignity and strength to end racial segregation.
    Rosa Parks
  2. Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) was an escaped slave who helped conduct the Underground Railroad, leading slaves to freedom before the Civil War. On September 17, 1849, Harriet escaped her Maryland plantation and traveled 90 miles north along the Underground Railroad to Pennsylvania and freedom. Despite the challenges along the way, in a decade she guided over 300 slaves to freedom.
    Harriet Tubman
  3. Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many flying records and championed the advancement of women in aviation. In 1937, in an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe, her and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared over the Central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.
    Amelia Earhart