Lilian Bland was the first woman in Ireland to design, build, and fly her own engine-powered airplane. She was possibly even the first woman in the world to do so. With a work history which included Journalism under her belt, Bland wrote about her plane, "The Mayfly," for Flight International Magazine 1910-12-17 (pages 3-5): Lilian... Continue Reading →
Mexico – Anabel Hernandez: Can freedom of speech save a country?
Anabel Hernandez A recent headline: 2 Americans kidnapped in Mexico found dead, 2 found alive The group crossed into Mexico on Friday. One of the two found alive is injured. (https://abcnews.go.com/International/2-americans-kidnapped-mexico-found-dead-2-found/story?id=97681554) This headline makes Anabel Hernandez’ story a must-share because folks need to stop thinking they’re untouchable: Anabel Hernandez always felt a strong desire to help... Continue Reading →
China- Xinran Xue and the Motherbridge of Love
Xinran Xue was born in Beijing, China in 1958, a time of great suffering, separation, and starvation. Xinran was fortunate in that it was her grandmother who cared for her, as 1958-1961 was possibly the worst famine in world history in China. Though Xinran herself did have food enough to eat and a grandmother to... Continue Reading →
New Zealand/Australia – The White Mouse (Nancy Wake), Enemy of the Gestapo and one of the allies most decorated women of World War II
Nancy Wake was born in Wellington New Zealand on August 30, 1912, the youngest of seven children. Two years later her family moved to Sydney Australia, where she would live until the age of 16, when she would run away from home to become a nurse. Even though Nancy was raised in a poor household,... Continue Reading →
Serbia – Milunka Savic, most decorated female combat veteran in the world.
In 1912 Milunka Savic joined the Serbian Army. She was twenty-four years old and the Balkan League (an alliance between Serbia, Greece, Montenegro, and Bulgaria) declared war against the Ottoman Empire. Milunka’s brother Milun was called to service against the Ottomans, but his declining health inspired Milunka to cut her hair short and join in... Continue Reading →
China – Lin Siniang; from peasant to princess by saving the king.
Lin Siniang 1629-1644 (approx.) In 1629 china was entangled in a war with nature and men. Between fighting with Mongolia, Korea, and Japan, the military stretched the country's budget to bursting. When China was hit with the longer, colder winters caused by falling average temperatures of the coming "little ice age", famine exploded all over... Continue Reading →
Russia – Marina Raskova and two others were the first women to be awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union Award
Within a year of earning her pilot's license, the Russian aviatrix Marina Raskova, took part in two record-breaking flights. Raskova was content to continue breaking flight records until, in 1941, Hitler's army was just 19 miles away from Moscow and Raskova managed to convince Stalin to enlist women aviators in the fight against Hitler. With... Continue Reading →
China – Cai Yan 170-249 renaissance woman before the renaissance
It was one tenet of the Confucian structure of the Han Dynasty that each and every female was subordinate to a male, be it her father, brother, husband, or uncle. Any female alive would have a male master. Females in Confucius theory were considered as property, to be laborers for their male masters.
West Africa- YENNENGA founding mother of Burkina Faso
King Nadega was furious at his daughter’s impertinence and had Yennenga locked away in prison. With a history of fighting many battles beside the king’s warriors and developing a comradeship with them, Yennenga had many friends among the king’s forces. One night, one such friend helped her escape. He brought her some men’s clothing for disguise her stallion to ride, and they sped away. The Malinke tribe north of the Dagomba region attacked Yennanga and her fellow rider. Although she managed to get away, her companion was killed in the skirmish.
The U.S.- Beverly Cleary, never rejected always revered.
Without ever receiving a single rejection, Mrs. Cleary became the writer children all over the world loved to read.
Australia- Annie Lock savior in the bush
34 years is a long time to camp in the Australian bush and would require a colossal commitment to one's belief in one's work.
South America- Juana Azurduy de Padilla, resistance fighter, revolution leader.
Not long after the independence struggle against Spain began in 1810, Azurduy and Padilla joined the revolutionary forces, often fighting side by side.
U.S.- Whatever happened to Dorothea Lynde Dix and Nelly Bly?
An observation of Dorothea Lynde Dix and Nellie Bly concluding that a society neglecting it’s most vulnerable population is indeed wholly poor in virtue.
The U.S.- Hazel Hall Portland Oregon housebound poet.
Literary Ladies Guide has been kind enough to reprint my piece on Hazel Hall in its entirety. (February 7, 1886 – May 11, 1924) THREE GIRLS Three school girls pass this way each day, Two of them go in the fluttery way Of girls, with all that girlhood buys: But one goes with a dream... Continue Reading →
China- Guest Blog Post: Amazing Women in History
Guest Blog Post at Amazing Women in History In 1629, China was entangled in a war with nature and men. Between fighting with Mongolia, Korea, and Japan, the military stretched the country’s budget to bursting. When China was hit with the longer, colder winters caused by falling average temperatures, famine exploded all over the north.... Continue Reading →