Women’s History Month

Women's History Month

Women’s History Month 2021

March is National Women’s History Month. First column (left to right): Maj. Gen Marcelite J. Harris, first African-American female general officer of the U.S. Air Force; Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women’s right activist; Admiral Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and U.S. Navy rear admiral; Madeleine Albright, first female U.S. secretary of state; and Maj. Gen. Jeannie M. Leavitt, U.S. Air Force’s first female fighter pilot. Second column: Trixie Friganza (immediately behind the sign), who inspired the song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” was a women’s suffrage advocate; Janet C. Wolfenbarger, eighth commander of Air Force Materiel Command and first woman to achieve the rank of four-star general in the U.S. Air Force; Clara Barton, nurse who founded the American Red Cross; Eleanor Roosevelt, longest serving First Lady of the United States from 1933-1945; and Loretta Walsh, first American active-duty Navy woman, the first woman to enlist in the U.S. Navy, and the first woman allowed to serve as a woman in any of the United States armed forces, as anything other than as a nurse. Third column: Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; Mae Jemison, American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut who became the first black woman to travel into space; Kamala Harris, the United States’ first female vice president, the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, and the first African-American and first Asian-American vice president; Ruth Ginsburg, second woman to serve as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; and Amelia Earhart, American aviation pioneer and first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.