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Grace Fryer: Workers’ Advocate by Linda Harris Sittig

  I sat in the dentist chair while the technician placed a heavy leaden blanket from my chin to my waist. Then, she walked into another room, and the X-ray machine took pictures of my teeth. Grace Fryer never had … Continue reading

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Laurel Hart Burch: Consummate Artist by Linda Harris Sittig

Life handed Laurel Hart a debilitating disease at birth, and she fought back by making jewelry. Not just any jewelry, but artwork so distinctive that it is still to this day instantly recognizable by the vibrancy of the colors, the … Continue reading

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Amelia Bloomer and Nellie Bly: Early Female Journalists by Linda Harris Sittig

  Read this! No This! That’s Fake News! This is real news!  Hashtag, tweet, retweet, post on social media!  I suspect that both Amelia Bloomer and Nellie Bly are shaking their heads in the journalism-afterlife of how modern news is … Continue reading

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Gladys Vandenberg: the Final Salute by Linda Harris Sittig

In 1948 Gladys Vandenberg was walking down a quiet lane in Arlington Cemetery with her husband, Air Force Chief of Staff Hoyt Vandenberg, at her side. During their walk, they chanced upon a funeral and saw to their dismay that … Continue reading

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Caroline Ferriday: Humanitarian by Linda Harris Sittig

There were over 40,000 Nazi concentration camps and incarceration sites during the Holocaust, but only one main camp after 1939 was designated solely for female prisoners. That camp was Ravensbrȕck. Built in 1938, near the village of Ravensbrȕck, Germany, approximately … Continue reading

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Dorothy Harrison Eustis: Giving the Gift of Sight by Linda Harris Sittig

It took the generosity of one woman and the loyalty of one breed of dog to change life for thousands of visually impaired people. Born into a wealthy Philadelphia family in 1886, Dorothy Harrison learned the importance of philanthropy from … Continue reading

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Rosie the Riveter and the Working Women of World War II by Linda Harris Sittig

  Her lips are red, her hair tucked up in a red and white polka-dot bandana, and she clenches her fist in power. Who was the real Rosie the Riveter of poster fame? Through the years there have been several … Continue reading

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Katherine Coleman Johnson: NASA Mathematician

I first wrote about Katherine Johnson in June 2015. Since then a movie, Hidden Figures, has debuted, telling the story of her work behind the scenes as an African-American female mathematician for NASA. After viewing the film, I felt compelled … Continue reading

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Margaret Getchell: First American Retail Executive by Linda Harris Sittig

Most of us have visited a department store, at least once. You may be the type of shopper who darts from one section to the next, hopping on the up/down escalator or squeezing into a crowded elevator in pursuit of … Continue reading

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Annie Charbonneau by Linda Harris Sittig

If you knew that a vigilante group would be convening on your small village tomorrow morning with the intent to wreak unspeakable violence against the men of your neighborhood, what would you do? Would you warn your own family, but … Continue reading

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