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#HappyBirthday to Billie Jean King. She broke barriers by advocating for equal pay in women's tennis and founded the Women's Sports Foundation in 1974. King was born #OnThisDay in Long Beach, California in 1943, and started playing tennis when she was 11. Her first major title came in 1961, when she and Karen Hantze Susman became the youngest pair to ever win the Wimbledon doubles competition. King won her first Wimbledon singles competition in 1966. During her career, she won 20 Wimbledon titles and 39 titles in total. In 1973, she competed against Bobby Riggs in the famous "Battle of the Sexes" match, winning handily. Over 50 million people watched the match on television. King fully retired in 1990, but continues to make major strides for women in sports. King is also an outspoken LGBTQ advocate, after coming out publicly in 1981. @billiejeanking #womenshistory #equalpay #battleofthesexes #billiejeanking #womeninsports #wimbledon #womensequality #LGBTQ #longbeach #california @battleofthesexesmovie @wimbledon #Sheisthefirst #shepersisted #brokebarriers @womenssportsfoundation #Shero

More from this past weekend . . .
At the 6th Annual #WomenMakingHistory brunch presented by @GLAMOURmag I got to see some gals that I haven't seen in an eternity. @shanolahampton my first table mate at an Essence #BlackWomenInHollywoodLuncheon & @therealanaortiz from the Freddie pilot.
I also got to celebrate a friend and his new book. @michaelausiello #SpoilerAlertTheHeroDies

Honored and grateful to be a part of this incredible Women Making History event where we are not only celebrating and honoring badass, change making women of both our history and present, we are also making HUGE strides in creating the FIRST US Women's History Museum! Did you know that only 14 % of our history books depict women? That MUST change. Children are sponges. They learn by example. And if we don't have examples of women of every background, every race, every color, every kind and their strength, contributions, and accomplishments, then our girls will have nothing to look up to and aspire to. And our boys will not learn of the great accomplishments of women and learn to view us as equal. So let us teach them these great examples of the incredible, influential, history making, female contributors and influencers that makes our nation what it is. It is up to us to make this happen! Visit www.womenshistory.org to find out how you can support in making The Women's History Museum a reality. #womenmakingherstory #womenmakinghistory #nwhm #nationalwomenshistorymuseum

Yesterday this beauty and I celebrated #womenmakinghistory with @womenshistory it was so inspiring. So thankful to have so many strong and amazing women around me. Keep lifting each other up.

“After having lived for seven years with an abusive husband, I decided it was time to leave. I didn’t think I would survive another year if I stayed, so in 2011, I walked out the door and broke the crippling silence and isolation the abuse had made me feel. I felt empowered and free and finally looked forward to my future. But because I left my marriage, my husband considered me ‘disobedient’ and, therefore, worthy of punishment. One day, he called me to pick up my children at his house and suddenly acid was thrown at my face and body.

The next thing I knew, my face felt as if it were on fire. My skin was literally melting away.

He thought he would break my spirit, but he only made me stronger.” Hanifa Nakiryowa told her story to pass an Acid Attack Bill in Uganda that will protect women from violence: change.org/p/urge-ugandan-president-museveni-to-pass-the-acid-attack-bill-now

#WomensHistoryMonth #WomenMakingHistory

Everything has brought me to this moment. I'm honored to play with @nyse at the men's championship today. #rollerderby #womenmakinghistory #mrdachampionships2017

@nwhm #womenmakinghistory brunch with one of my fav women @dawnlyen @queensugarown

Awesome day of #GirlPower at the #WomenMakingHistory Awards with @kerrywashington, @katewalsh & @bellamyyoung! ❤️🙌

"The idea that there's only enough room for one woman--that's how they keep us small. We need more of us, and we need to support each other." 👏👏@kerrywashington speaking truth at the #womenmakinghistory brunch today. Had a blast interviewing her and the brilliant @marnelevine and @gwynneshotwell onstage today. #nwhm

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#OnThisDay in 1909, thousands of shirtwaist workers at a Local 25 Cooper Union meeting in New York City voted for a general strike. They joined the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that went on strike in September. The strikers took to the streets and over the next few days between twenty and thirty thousand shirtwaist workers joined. The majority were young immigrant women who were significantly underpaid and worked in very poor conditions. Not only were the employers opposed to improving conditions or pay, the police and court system offered little help. Women were often arrested for striking, in fact in one month 793 were arrested. When put on trial the judges often scolded the women and fined or in some cases sent them to a workhouse. The strike ended on February 15, 1910 after 11 weeks. Of the 353 companies targeted by the strike, 339 signed contracts that granted most of the workers' demands. (Photo Credit: The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives) #womenshistory #womenonstrike #protest #union #newyork #equalpay #womensrights #shirtwaiststrike #uprising

#HappyBirthday to Billie Jean King. She broke barriers by advocating for equal pay in women's tennis and founded the Women's Sports Foundation in 1974. King was born #OnThisDay in Long Beach, California in 1943, and started playing tennis when she was 11. Her first major title came in 1961, when she and Karen Hantze Susman became the youngest pair to ever win the Wimbledon doubles competition. King won her first Wimbledon singles competition in 1966. During her career, she won 20 Wimbledon titles and 39 titles in total. In 1973, she competed against Bobby Riggs in the famous "Battle of the Sexes" match, winning handily. Over 50 million people watched the match on television. King fully retired in 1990, but continues to make major strides for women in sports. King is also an outspoken LGBTQ advocate, after coming out publicly in 1981. @billiejeanking #womenshistory #equalpay #battleofthesexes #billiejeanking #womeninsports #wimbledon #womensequality #LGBTQ #longbeach #california @battleofthesexesmovie @wimbledon #Sheisthefirst #shepersisted #brokebarriers @womenssportsfoundation #Shero

There’s a first for everything. Congratulations #nigeria women’s bobsled team #winterolympics #strongwomen #womenmakinghistory #mypeople

Two ladies that are making wonderful strides in opening doors for others! You make us proud!
#diversewomenincanada
#womenmakinghistory
#womenmakingmoves #shemovesawards2017 #toronto

#womancrushwednesday Goes to these wonderful women Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga, Ngozi Onwumere, collectively the bobsled team from Nigeria, who have made history by becoming the first Nigerians to ever qualify for the Winter Olympics. The speedy trio is all set to compete in the XXIII Olympic Winter Games being held in PyeongChang, South Korea, this coming February. Adigun, the team’s driver, and Omeoga and Onwumere, the brakewomen, qualified for the Olympic games after turning in strong performances in a series of five races held in Utah, Whistler and Calgary. Congrats ladies!! 🇳🇬 🥇 🏆
#WCW #Queen #warrior #woman #activist #speaker #mother #legend #athlete #olympics #police #officer #goldmedal #WomenMakingHistory #RoleModel #Feminist #feminism #powerfulWomen #womenempowerment #kingsandqueens #komaclubng #southkorea #africanpride #nigerianculture #ethnicity #culturerich #blackwomen #woman #girlpower #nigeria

#DidYouKnow Annie Dodge Wauneka was the first Native American to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Born in 1910 on the Navajo reservation near present-day Sawmill, Arizona, Wauneka often helped her father tend to his sheep. When she was eight there was an influenza outbreak at Wauneka's school. She quickly learned nursing skills and discovered a love of helping others. Also from a young age Wauneka attended Navajo Tribal Council meetings with her father. While it was not common for women to participate, Wauneka often spoke. In 1951, Wauneka became the second woman elected to the council. When there was a tuberculosis outbreak in 1953, Wauneka was picked to lead the health committee on addressing the issue. Wauneka not only addressed it but also created major campaigns against influenza, bad sanitary conditions, alcoholism, and peyote use. Also during the 1950s Wauneka earned a BS from the University of Arizona @uarizona in public health. She even hosted a biweekly radio show in Navajo to promote modern health practices. In 1963, Wauneka was honored by President Lyndon B. Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for all of her work to improve the life of others. (Photo Credit: Utah State Office of Education) #womenshistory #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #anniedodgewauneka #Sheisthefirst #nativeamerican #presidentalmedaloffreedom #Navajo #Sawmill #arizona #wauneka #TribalCouncil #NAHM #nahm17 #indigenouswomen #womensrights #STEM

Helga Estby, along with her 18-year old daughter Clara walked more than 4,000 miles from Spokane, Washington to New York as part of a wager and in an effort to save the family's farm. The wager promised $10,000 for completing the cross-country walk in seven months. The historic walk across the country was unheard of in the 1890s and especially for a woman. Despite the opposition of her family and the Scandinavian community, the mother of eight and her eldest daughter set out on May 6, 1896. Traveling light, the women carried satchels with a first aid kit, compass, maps, pistol, canteen, notebooks and pens, pepper spray—and a curling iron. As part of the wager, Estby was required to take no more than $5 cash and could not beg. Most nights, they found shelter with homesteaders and at least one Native American tribe. They met many notable personalities along their trek, including the wife of president-to-be William McKinley and governors and mayors in Utah, Colorado, Iowa, Chicago, and Pennsylvania. They were said to have worn out 32 pairs of shoes. Their arrival in New York, on December 23, 1896 was reported by newspapers across the country. However, there was no cash prize and the Estby women became stranded in New York with no funds for a return trip. They secured rail passes from a railroad titan to Minneapolis and headed back to Washington, most likely by rail, from there. Estby was an ardent supporter of woman suffrage and thought the walk would also prove women's capabilities. (Photo Credit: Portch/Bahr family photo collection) #womenshistory #helgaestby #claraestby #historic #crosscountrywalk #womenssuffrage #equality #4000 #miles #thesebootsweremadeforwalking #spokane #newyork #travellight #travel #didyouknow #dyk

The Olympics first ever Bobsled African team consists of all women! Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeoga are headed to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. This is the first time in history that anyone-male or female from Nigeria has competed in the Winter Olympics! It is always great to see #womenmakinghistory 🇳🇬 #changingafricasnarrative #checkoutafrica #Africa
#motivation #inspiration #successstories #proudlynigerian #African #Proudlyafrican #blackpride #blackroots #NigeriaToTheWorld #blackexcellence #doubletap #womenempowerment #blackpower #blackhistory #African #Afrika #africangirlskillingit #instabeauty #melanin #instahappy

This is us, or at least just Andi and me in the picture... behind us is a team of others @annastreule @styleetcboutique @smartphotography.ch A throw back to more than a year ago when it all started! Watch one of our first videos about Mums in Heels #onlinemagazin and welcome to our community! link in Bio ☝️🌟

Congratulations 2018 Women Who Walk in Footsteps of Greatness
Reserve your ticket/s or table of ten, call 716 507-8696
#womenbusisnessowners #womenmakinghistory #empoweringwomen #trailblazers #womeninleadership

Over the weekend, #NewOrleans elected its first woman mayor in its 300 year history. Congratulations are in order for former Councilwoman and now Mayor-Elect Latoya Cantrell. She won with 60 percent of the vote. For more info on Cantrell, go to:
http://ow.ly/eg9O30gHprB

UPDATE: Election 2017--The Mayors
You can add a few more names to your list of women who won the race to be Chief Executive of their cities. They are: • Joyce Craig, Manchester NH • Yvonne Spice, Framingham MA
• Cathy Murillo, Santa Barbara CA
• Mary Parham Copelan, Milledgeville Ga

For other details on all of the historic wins in the 2017 Election, go to: http://ow.ly/nb2330gHrfa

#WomenMakingHistory #Election2017 #TheMayors #womenpower #latoyacantrell #joycecraig #yvonnespicer #cathymurillo #maryparhamcopelan
@latoyacantrell @latoyafornola @joycecraigh

#HappyBirthday to Dr. Anna Pauli Murray, born #OnThisDay in 1910. She was one of the first lawyers to argue that the Equal Protection Clause approach to racial discrimination should apply to gender-based discrimination. In 1926, Murray moved to New York City and attended Hunter College. When Wall Street crashed Murray was no longer able to find a job to support her education. She dropped out and worked as a teacher for the NYC Remedial Reading Project. During this time, Murray became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. She campaigned to attend the all-white University of North Carolina and to end segregation on public buses. In 1940, 15 years before Rosa Parks, Murray refused to move to the back of a bus and was arrested. In 1941, Murray enrolled at Howard University and attended the law school, where she felt she was frequently discriminated against because of her gender. President John F. Kennedy appointed Murray to the Commission on the Status of Women in the 1960s. In 1966, Murray co-founded the National Organization for Women (NOW). Then in 1977 she became the first African American woman to be ordained a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church. Photo credit: By Carolina Digital Library and Archives #womenshistory #DrAnnaPauliMurray #equality #equalprotectionclause #NOW #PauliMurray #nationalorganizationforwomen #civilrights #womensrights #LGBTQ #Sheisthefirst #Proudshoes #JaneCrowe #BibleofCivilRights #thurgoodmarshall

History is being made! #blackgirlsrock #womenmakinghistory

President and CEO of Knox Gelatin Company from 1908 to 1947 Rose Knox. She and her husband started the company in 1891, and Knox was very involved from the beginning. When her husband unexpectedly died in 1908 she became the head of the company. Worried what customers would think, Knox said her son Charles would take over the company; however, he was still in school and too young. Knox was a very successful businesswoman. She changed the company's sale campaign to emphasize high nutrition at a low cost and included convenient recipes, something she knew female consumers would be drawn to. Knox also established a test kitchen to try out these new recipes and new medical uses, before passing them on to consumers. Labor issues were a high priority for Knox, and in 1913 she instituted a five-day work week, two weeks' paid vacation a year, and paid sick leave. During the Great Depression, Knox worked hard to cut cost, which ensured she would not have to lay off a single employee. #womenshistory #CEO #roseknox #gelatincompany #Gelatin #businesswoman #laborissues #bosslady

Just spending the day loving what our city has to offer. #BlessedDesigns #SanAntonioBorn #TexasMade

#HappyBirthday to Gladys Hobby, born #OnThisDay in 1910. She brewed the first batch of penicillin tested on humans. Hobby earned a Ph.D in bacteriology from Columbia during the 1930s. By 1940 she was working at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University when she learned of penicillin tests on mice. A colleague wrote to the scientist who had done the tests for a sample of their mold. The penicillin cultures were grown in the Columbia University amphitheater, since it was the only space large enough for all of the flasks. In October of 1940, the penicillin Hobby had been brewing was tested on two men. However, there was not enough penicillin to properly treat the patients. Their test did confirm that penicillin was not toxic. Photo credit: Vassar College @vassar1861 #womenshistory #womeninSTEM #gladyshobby #Sheisthefirst #penicillin #bacteriology #columbiauniversity #STEM @columbia

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