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Marie Maynard Daly

Marie Maynard Daly from Corona, Queens is the first African American woman to earn a PhD in Chemistry. After receiving her PhD from Columbia University, she taught medical students and researched the effects of hypertension. Daly also was named to the Board of Governors of the NY Academy of Science.

Deborah Sampson Gannett

Deborah Sampson Gannett disguised herself as a man and served in a Massachusetts regiment during the Revolutionary War. She was honorably discharged at the end of the war, after serving 17 months. In later years she lectured and performed to earn a living. She was also the first woman to receive an army pension

Nayda Okamoto

Because of her experience with personal hardship and being briefly homeless, Ms. Okamoto realized that some women don't have access to feminine hygiene products, and she wanted to help. So, in 2014 she started Camions of Care (now Period.org) to distribute sanitary products to women in need. She also realized that this was a Global Issue,...

Suzette Parker

Professor Andrews-parker teaches English at Baruch College. She is not only my professor, also my second mom. She is the most caring Person i have ever met. She taught me to be me and fight the society if i see something is wrong, i am grateful for that.

Ann Curry

Ann Curry is a television journalist. She ws the first female news reporter for Portland Oregon station KWG. She reported for Dateline and anchored TODAY. She covers global issues and scored major interviews with world leaders.

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly broke barriers as one of the first female journalists. She went undercover to investigate the asylums on Blackwell Island in 1887 and exposed the terrible conditions in which people lived. She went "round the world" in a record-setting 72 days in 1889.

Linda Lockhart

Linda inspires me, and hundreds like me, to mentor and support young women in Kenya, China and India through tertiary education. By selflessly transferring her skills from years in the commercial sector to the Global Give Back Circle, she creates the most incredible relationships with partner organizations and builds sustainable programs, truly...

Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa is an American engineer and former astronaut. In 1993 she became the first Hispanic woman in the world to go to space when she served a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery. She is currently the Director of the Johnson Space Center.

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