Celebrate Women’s History Month with NBC 5 as we feature extraordinary women who have been an inspiration to our country and our local community.
In the 105-year history of the NAACP, Lorraine C. Miller, a native of Fort Worth, is the first woman to lead the historic civil rights organization as the interim President and CEO. She is the first African-American to serve as an officer of the House of Representatives and the third woman to serve as Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. To learn more visit www.naacp.org/pages/board-member-lorraine-c.-miller.
Women in Texas History
Take a journey back to the Paleo-Indian Period and explore the evolution of Texas women over several hundred years on this historic timeline. Check it out at www.womenintexashistory.org/timeline.
In 1993, the space shuttle Discovery launched into outer space with Ellen Ochoa aboard, making her the first female Hispanic astronaut in history. She established herself as a pioneer of spacecraft technology when she co-invented three patents for an optical inspection system, an optical object recognition method, and a method for noise removal in images. To learn more visit www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2003/jun/HQ_03207_Ochoa_1st.html.
Hazel Harvey Peace
The Hazel Harvey Peace Center and the Hazel Harvey Peace Elementary School are impressive reminders of Hazel Harvey Peace, a beloved Fort Worth educator, community activist, humanitarian and philanthropist. To learn more, visit www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fpeac.
Bette Nesmith Graham (Inventor)
A Dallas native, Bette Nesmith Graham, quickly became one of the most successful women inventors of the 20th century when she invented the widely used office product, liquid paper. To learn more, visit www.women-inventors.com/Bette-Nesmith-Graham.asp.
Susan B. Anthony
Most famous for her efforts to gain support for women’s suffrage, the right of women to vote, Ssuan B. Anthony was also an advocate for the abolition of slavery, the right for women to own property and retain earnings, and for women's labor organizations. To learn more visit susanbanthonyhouse.org/her-story/biography.php.
An American aviation pioneer, Ameilia Earhart was the first woman and the second person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She remains one of the world’s most celebrated aviators and a symbol of power and perseverance for American women. To learn more visit www.ameliaearhart.com.
The first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress (1968), Shirley Chisholm blazed the trail for Black women in government. In 1972, she became the first African-American to seek a major party nomination for President of the United States. To learn more visit www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/shirley-anita-chisholm.
As one of Mexico’s most celebrated painters, Frida Kahlo achieved international popularity for her intense self-portraits with vibrant color and symbols of pain and passion. To learn more visit www.fridakahlo.org.
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