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Little known Women's History month facts

Posted 2/29/2008   Updated 2/29/2008 Email story   Print story

    


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31st Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity


2/29/2008 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Who founded Bethune-Cookman College, established the National Council of Negro Women, and served as an advisor on minority affairs to President Franklin D. Roosevelt? Mary McLeod Bethune

Who was the first woman to run for President of the United States (1872)?
Victoria Woodhull

What woman was invited to teach nuclear physics at Princeton University, even though no female students were allowed to study there?
Wu, Chien-Shiung (1912-1997)

First African-American woman to win a Best Actress Oscar 2002
Halle Berry

Who was the First Female Broadcaster on a Network News Program
Barbara Walters

Who was the First woman to become Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi

What woman was turned down by 29 medical schools before being accepted as a student, graduated at the head of her class, and became the first licensed woman doctor in the U.S.?
Elizabeth Blackwell

Which Mexican-American woman has repeatedly been the leading money winner in the Ladies Professional Golf Association?
Nancy Lopez

Did You Know...

· First and Only Female Medal of Honor Winner

· On November 11, 1865, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was awarded a Medal of Honor for her service as a surgeon during the Civil War. She was the only woman to receive such an honor, the country's highest military award. Unfortunately, in 1917, Dr. Walker's medal was taken away, along with 910 others, when Congress changed the rules of the award to include only "actual combat with an enemy." Dr. Walker, however, refused to give back the medal and wore it every day until her death in 1919. After her death, she was re-awarded the Medal of Honor in 1977.







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