Many countries always honor great men who during their lives, did outstanding things. But how many nations acknowledge the roles played by the brave women who have over the ages done exceptional stuff? While a number of them have received honors, many are still not as popular as their male counterparts.
But this doesn’t mean that their achievements are not significant enough to be recognized. Instead, it is those in positions of power who tend to ignore the deeds of women rendering them unknown to many people. However, this shouldn’t be the case. The following is a list of some of the women that you probably didn’t know what they did in their remarkable lives, or you’ve maybe forgotten their achievements:
Have you ever heard about second-wave feminism? It is almost impossible to refer to this historical women rights revolution without mentioning Florence Howe. Ms. Howe is one of the pioneers of feminism and advocate for women rights. But she never began as a feminist.
Ms. Howe was a quiet woman until she participated in the civil rights and war resistance movement in 1960. During the period, Ms. Howe was against the United States’ war against Vietnam. She, as a result, refused to pay income tax to the government as part of the resistance against the war. Florence Howe also volunteered to teach at Freedom Schools as a show of solidarity to the black children who were at the time neglected against in the society.
Florence Howe created The Feminist Press. This was a publishing firm that was meant to advance women rights activism. One of the primary reasons why she began this publishing house was to ensure that many women whose efforts had been trampled were not put into the limelight. On this regard, Howe did publications of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and many other brave women who had left a mark during their lives.
Howe’s publishing house was open to women from all walks of life. She published works written by women writers from various nationalities, and most of them did papers on diverse topics. Even though many may not know her, Howe’s achievements may have gone unnoticed over the years, but one thing stands out about what she did. The Feminist Press still lives to date, and today, it is among the publishing houses with a focus on women that has existed longest in the world.
Many people probably know Annie Londonderry for her cycling exploits after she became the first woman to get to almost all parts of the world. Although cycling is not something that many might consider being a fete, when Annie Londonderry did it, it was indeed an achievement. In 1894, Annie Londonderry began her journey to cycle to all parts of the world with a single bicycle, a few clothes, and a small pistol. Her aim to reach many of the world’s major cities while cycling.
The most interesting bit is that Annie Londonderry was able to get to all the planned places 14 days earlier than she expected herself. This made her a national hero as it occurred when not many people believed in women’s capabilities in doing things that were considered manly. Annie Londonderry was able to travel to cities such as Hong Kong and Alexandria during his expedition. This action led to many women to believe in their abilities to challenge men in taking up leadership positions. At this time, nobody thought that this would be possible.
Few women can rival the contributions of Rachel Carson to the writing sector. Carson exhibited immense talent in writing on scientific as well as environmental issues. At first, Ms. Carson worked as an English major at the Pennsylvania College for Women. She, however, quit this role to focus on writing biology articles that were occasionally posted in the school’s newspaper. On the career front, Rachel Carson was no average woman.
The US Bureau of Fisheries employed her upon finishing her Master’s Degree in Zoology at the John Hopkins University. She was a renowned writer with some of her writings, such as The Sea Around Us being recognized nationally as some of the best. However, it is the book, Silent Spring that she released in 1962 that put her in the limelight as one of the most talented writers that the United States has ever witnessed.
Peggy Shippen Arnold
If you’ve read about the United States’ struggle to capture independence from Great Britain, you must have come across the name of Benedict Arnold who played a cardinal role in the quest, albeit negatively.
However, the sad bit is that many people only know Benedict buy very few identify the achievements of his wife, Peggy Shippen in aiding the Britain colonialists stay in the United States for a little longer while. The couple was dedicated in revealing the secrets of the US army to the British colonial rulers.
Peggy Shippen Arnold is said to have been the kingpin of ensuring that the British stayed alert on the happenings in the country. She is told to have been writing coded messages to the British major at the time that went unrealized by her US counterparts.
Although she died in 2004, Alice left a legacy in the sporting world that will live forever. Alice was born in 1922, and during this time, many whites discriminated the blacks from interacting with them in everything that they did. Alice Coachman came to face this discrimination at a time when she wanted to train with the white folks, but she was denied the chance.
However, this ended up motivating her rather than putting her down. Her efforts bore fruition in 1948 when she won an Olympic Gold Medal becoming the first Black American woman to achieve the fete.
It’d be forgivable if you didn’t know a few of the women mentioned above as many other heroes have become popular in recent times. However, it is worth remembering them as what they did to their nations was incredible, and many would struggle to match it. They are national heroines who participated in writing the histories of their countries, and they deserve an honor in remembrance of their deeds while they were alive.