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In Honor of Mother's Day: Amazing Women from U.S. History

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on May 11, 2020 11:27:00 AM

From NationsClassroom to all the wonderful Moms out there!We at NationsClassroom want to wish all the wonderful mom's out there a Happy Mother's Day! Whether you're a brand new mom, or all your children are out of the nest, we appreciate you.


In honor of this day, we looked at some of the online exhibits that the National Women's History Museum has to offer. Not only does the National Women's History Museum offer some incredible online exhibits, they also published some amazing online teacher resources to use in the classroom. 

Now, here are four amazing women from American history you'll want to learn more about:


dorathyDorothy Vaughan

If you watched the recent movie "Hidden Figures", you're sure to know Dorothy Vaughan. Vaughan worked as one of NASA's human computers throughout and after World War II. She was the first black supervisor at NASA, and one of the few female supervisors. She became and expert FORTRAN programmer, and continued to work at NASA until she retired in 1971. 


Learn more about her in the Getting With the Program online exhibit.



Loretta Perfectus WalshLoretta Walsh

Loretta Perfectus Walsh is known as the first woman to enlist in the U.S. Navy at the age of twenty. During World War One, she served as Yeoman (later, Chief Yeoman) and became the first woman chief petty officer to serve in the Navy. She, along with other female Yeoman, served mostly in clerical capacities, but were given the same responsibilities and benefits of the men who served with them. Walsh served until the end of World War One.


Learn more about her in the Women's Contribution in World War 1 online exhibit.



Babe Didrickson Zahariasbabe-didrikson-zaharias-9542047-1-402

Mildred 'Babe' Didrickson Zaharias was an early female champion of the Olympics. She competed and won medals in the 1932 Olympics in hurdles, javelin throw and high jump. In 1950, she was called the "Woman Athlete of the Half Century."

Even though women were only allowed to compete in three events in the 1932 Olympics, a well-known sports writer Paul Gallico called Zaharias "the most talented athlete, male or female, ever developed in our country."


Learn more about her in the Women in the Olympics online exhibit.



Maria MitchellMaria_Mitchell

Maria Mitchell was America’s first professional female astronomer. She studied astronomy with her father for most of her childhood, and she loved learning. In 1847, she was the first American to discover a comet while working Her achievements in astronomy led to her becoming the first woman elected to to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She spent most of her adult life as a professor of astronomy at Vasser College. 


Learn more about her in the Breaking In: Women in STEM online exhibit.



Who are some historical and inspiration women from history that you love to teach about? Have you ever thought of visiting some museums that focus on women's history?


Check out more information about the National Women's History Museum in Alexandria, or check out our sample itineraries for the rest of Washington, D.C.!



Topics: Historic Attractions

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