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On September 12, 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space. A physician who served in the Peace Corps, Dr. Jemison fulfilled a childhood dream by applying to join NASA as an astronaut—becoming a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Endeavour. After leaving NASA, Dr. Jemison devoted herself to science education. We celebrate Dr. Jemison’s drive to discover—here and in space.
Women know how it feels to be told it’s not our place to speak out. But we also know how it feels to stand up for ourselves and each other, to win real fights and make real progress for our daughters and granddaughters. That’s exactly what Women for Hillary is about—click this pin to join today.
On January 23, 1997, Madeleine Albright—an accomplished diplomat, author, and champion for humanitarian causes—was sworn in as the first woman U.S. secretary of state. After Saddam Hussein’s press called her an “unparalleled serpent,” she wore a snake brooch to their next meeting, beginning her tradition of using her brooch collection to convey foreign policy messages.
On Harriet Tubman Day, we honor an American hero who represents courage and freedom. After escaping slavery in 1849, she helped hundreds of slaves leave the South via the Underground Railroad, a secretive network of safe routes and homes. A wife and mother, Tubman worked for the Union during the Civil War, as a nurse, spy and armed scout. In the Combahee River Raid, Tubman led 150 black Union soldiers in freeing more than 700 South Carolina slaves.
Born on April 4, 1928, Maya Angelou’s legacy and voice hold a powerful place in the ongoing fight for equality and justice. Her writings laid bare her country’s injustices at the height of the civil rights movement, and shone a light on the experience of being a black woman in America. In 2010, President Obama awarded Angelou our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for her extraordinary contributions.
Born on May 26, 1951, physicist Dr. Sally Ride was the first American woman and first LGBT astronaut to travel in space. On her inaugural flight, Dr. Ride mobilized a robotic arm to launch satellites into orbit. She later founded NASA's EarthKAM project, enabling students across the country to photograph and study our planet. Honored by President Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, Dr. Ride's legacy emboldens all Americans to dream bigger and fly farther.
In Rio, fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first American Muslim athlete to compete at the Olympic games while wearing a hijab. In her youth, Ibtihaj searched for a sport that allowed her to dress in accordance with her Muslim faith—and found her calling in fencing. Today, she's a three-time NCAA All-American, the second-ranked woman fencer in the United States, and the twelfth-ranked woman fencer in the world.