Barbra Streisand

Barbara (Barbra) Joan Streisand is a singer, actress, and film maker who grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Upon completing high school she began her career as a cabaret singer in Manhattan. This eventually lead to a record contract and the rest is history.

She has recorded close to 40 albums and at 78 years old continues to be involved in community endeavors. Active on Twitter she remains close to the Clinton family and is working to defeat Donald Trump in the next election.

Married twice she has a son from her first husband, Elliot Gould. In her current marriage to James Brolin they have been together over 20 years and in interviews he has stated being married to Barbra is like being in Heaven.

Her accolades include 2 Academy Awards, several Golden Globes, and Grammy Awards, as well as a 2008 Kennedy Center Honors.

See girls, we can have it all.

Beyonce

Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, song writer, record producer, dancer, and actress. She began her career as a child in Houston, Texas, singing and dancing in local contests. Later she formed the group Destiny’s Child and became the lead singer.

During her career she began working with rapper, Jay Z, and the couple later married quietly in 2008. They often continue to work together and have three children, Blue Ivy, Rum, and Sir Carter.

Due to the enormous number of awards Beyonce has achieved she is often called Queen Bee, or “B” to her friends. This nickname is also reflected in her Twitter account, @QueenBeeBeyonce.

Danielle Steel

This gal is a New York born, California based writer of primarily romance novels with almost 200 books penned. Having sold over 800 million books she continues to write at 72 years of age. Her books have been adapted for television and into 43 languages. She is the fourth best selling fiction writer of all time.

Steel was born into a privileged family with her father a German descendant of the Lowenbrau beer family and her mother from a Portuguese family of diplomats. They divorced and her father raised her. She rarely saw her mother, however her life was filled with elegance, rank and distinction afforded to the affluent.

As a young child she began writing poetry and short stories, however studied design in college. Later taking a job at Ladies Home Journal an editor encouraged her to continue to write and that she did with much acclaim.

“Sometimes, if you aren’t sure about something, you have to just jump off the bridge and grow wings on your way down.” -Danielle Steel

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader was born Joan Ruth Bader in Brooklyn, New York, in 1933. Her father was a furrier and her mother a garment factory worker who instilled the need for education in her daughter.

My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.

Ruth excelled in her studies throughout her school years and attended Cornell University, where she met her beloved husband, Martin Ginsburg. From Cornell she studied at Harvard Law being one of the nine females in the class of 500. She was the first female on the Harvard Law Review of this male dominated college.

Martin and Ruth in later years

Many challenges occurred during this time as her husband was diagnosed with cancer and she was caring for a newborn as well. Upon Martin’s recovery he accepted a job in New York City with Ruth following. She completed her last year of law school at Columbia University graduating first in her class in 1959.

Facing gender discrimination she was unable to obtain a law position upon graduation. She became a judge law clerk, with her following positions in faculty positions at Rutger’s and Columbia Law School. Later she became general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union arguing 6 cases before the Supreme Court.

Known for her slow, steady, and calculated approach she became known for her expertise in sex discrimination cases. President Jimmy Carter tapped her in 1980 for a position on the US Court of Appeals and later in 1992 President Bill Clinton appointed her as the second female to the US Supreme Court.

While 87 years young she continues to work tirelessly at her position. She has overcome several bouts of cancer and regularly works out.

A lover of opera she often attends with her children. In her years on the Supreme Court she has never missed a day even with the death of her husband, and her own chemotherapy appointments. Known as a force to be reckoned with her nickname is, “The Notorious RBG.”

Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt was an American impressionist painter who lived from 1844 to 1926. Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania she attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Mary came from a family of privilege and wealth eventually moving to France where she spent the bulk of her life involved with other prominent impressionists of the era such as Edgar Degas.

Much of Ms. Cassatt’s work are portraits of mother and child.

In her paintings there are broad brush strokes with a complex portrayal of the subject.

She is one of only a few women who exhibited with the French impressionists during this time.

Her works are exhibited throughout the museums of the world.

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Louisa May Alcott

This Little Women author lived from 1832-1888. She was a prominent American novelist, poet, and short story author. While never formally educated she studied with Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

She is considered an American literary icon and beloved by her female readers. Her stories depict family life in the 19th century. She never married but helped in raising her siblings children. Active in the Suffrage Movement she was the first female to vote in Concord, Massachusetts.

The Alcott home in Concord is open to the public for tours.

Katherine Johnson (1918-2020)

This American mathematician gained well deserved notoriety through the film Hidden Figures. Born in West Virginia, Katherine had a fascination and curiosity with numbers. She attended college classes while in high school graduating from the State College of West Virginia in 1937 at 19 years of age with a Bachelors Degree in Math and French.

Upon graduation she taught school in Virginia. In 1939, she was offered and accepted a Masters Program to integrate West Virginia colleges, but left after the first semester to start a family. When her 3 daughters became older she returned to teaching.

Learning from a relative of positions in Virginia in the Langley computing area she moved her family to the area and obtained a temporary position. Her position quickly became permanent when her skills were recognized.

In 2015 Katherine G. Johnson receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama

She worked in a myriad of situations and settings but perhaps her 1962 calculations of John Glenn’s space flight catapulted her career. Famously he requested, “Go get the girl,” when calculations were needed for his re-entry into Earth. Later she was credited in a scientific paper regarding the flight. This was the first time a female received credit in a scientific paper of this nature.

Katherine continued working for NASA for 33 years authoring and co-authoring over 26 research reports. In 2016, a new building on the NASA Hampton, Virginia campus was opened and named in her honor, The Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility.

Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Reid Conference Center. Honored guests include Katherine G. Johnson and members of her family, Mayor Donnie Tuck, Senator Warner and Governor McAuliffe. Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures,”

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. In 2000, she co-founded with her husband, Bill Gates, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As of 2015, this is the largest philanthropic organization in the world. The couple have dedicated their lives to giving away their wealth.

In their annual newsletter Melinda is listed as co-chair of the Foundation helping to shape and approve the Foundation’s strategy. She works tirelessly for women’s causes to improve equity for all in the United States and around the world. The author of the book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, tells all with it’s title.

Melinda hold a Bachelors Degree in computer science and economics from Duke University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business.

Audra McDonald

This California girl is the only individual to have won 6 Tony Awards wining in all 4 categories. Trained as a classical soprano at the Juilliard School in New York City she has worked in opera, stage, screen, and movie roles. She also has an active recording and concert career with her multi-dimensional talents.

Currently you can see Audra on The Good Fight, (CBS All Access), as Liz Lawrence, a partner at the Reddick, Boseman, and Lockhart law firm.

Here’s a listing of her accolades:

  • 1994 Carousel – Tony Award
  • 1996 Master Class – Tony Award
  • 1998 Ragtime – Tony Award
  • 2004 A Raisin in the Sun – Tony Award
  • 2012 Porgy and Bess – Tony Award and Screen Actors Guild Award
  • 2014 Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill – Tony Award
  • 2015 Prime Time Emmy – Live From Lincoln Center
  • 2017 National Medal of Arts
  • 2017 inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame

Don’t lament.. I’m sure there is an Oscar in this amazing woman’s future.

Pending…