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…

Jean Liu

This woman at 41 is the President of Didi Chuxing, which is the largest ride share venue in China. Didi did 1.4 billion rides across 400 Chinese cities this past year and is valued at $500 billion. It is considered the most valuable start up in the world.

Ms. Liu is a graduate of Peking University and holds a Masters of Science from Harvard. She began her career at Goldman Sachs Asia where she worked for 12 years before taking the leap to Didi. She is committed to having more females in the workplace and as of 2017 Didi’s work force is 37% female in their tech positions.

She is married with 3 children and in a recent interview on Bloomberg television discussed how she talks shop with her children and is a hands on mom. Wow! I’m tired just writing about all she does.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II has served 65 years on the throne making her the longest serving monarch in history. While not officially involved in political matters she does receive weekly meetings with the British Prime Minister. There have been 13 during her reign.

Some interesting facts:

  • During WWII she worked as a mechanic and military truck driver.
  • In February 1952 she ascended the throne at 25 after the early demise of her father.
  • The Queen’s husband is Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, a descendant of Greek and Danish royalty. They have been married for over 70 years. She met him at 13 and it was love at first site.
  • The Queen has 4 children and 8 grandchildren.

American Soldiers as Bounty!

And the president briefed, but no response…

At least we don’t need a bounty for him, the corona virus will get him.

Mark my words.

Science doesn’t play.

Polar ice melting, increased hurricane and tornadoes numbers and strength, air pollution out of control, now a pandemic…

When will we learn.

It’s not about free will even though it’s Independence Day.

Dr. Jill Biden

Jill Biden is the wife of the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate, Joe Biden. She is an American educator with a long history of teaching English, reading, and writing at the high school and college level. Born in New Jersey, she grew up in Pennsylvania, marrying Joe Biden 5 years after he tragically lost his wife and child in a car accident. She became stepmother to his sons Hunter, and the late Beau Biden. Together they had a daughter Ashley in 1981.

She has many degrees in education with her PhD from the University of Delaware. Her dissertation concerned student retention in community college.

As Second Lady during the Obama administration Jill worked with the First Lady on issues related to military families. On the home front of Delaware Mrs. Biden has two initiatives:

  • Book Binders which provides books for low income children in Delaware, and
  • Biden Breast Health Initiative which educates Delaware women on breast health awareness.

Jill continued to teach during her tenure as Second Lady, however has taken a leave of absence from her current professorship to assist with the campaign.

Greta Thunberg

At 11 years of age while in primary school Greta’s teacher showed a climate change video. In this video starving polar bears were seen as well as extreme weather changes. Unable to shake these images Greta studied more of this issue eventually writing a newspaper article which led her to protest outside the Swedish Parliament.

Her one woman protest grew daily leading to student led climate change groups with her September 20, 2019 global climate strike attracting 4 million people world wide. This was the largest climate change demonstration in history.

In 2019 she was named the Time Person of the Year and has spoken with the Pope and heads of state regarding climate change. This unlikely teenager has received the world’s attention as her movement continues to grow. Currently, she is 17 years old.

In her address to CEO’s and world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, she stated,

“I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

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A Protestor at the Climate Change Rally