Maude Abbott, International Authority on Heart Disease

Maude Abbott

Maude Abbott, International Authority on Heart Disease Name: Maude Abbott Birth Date: March 18, 1869 - September 2,1940 Job Functions: Medical Doctor & Curator Fields: Medicine Known For: Heart Disease Specialist Maude Abbott and her sister Alice were raised by their maternal grandmother after their mother died from tuberculosis and their father abandoned them. Their grandmother legally adopted them at the age of 62 and gave her granddaughters her surname. In June 1885, Maude received a scholarship to attend McGill University, which recently started to admit girls. In fact, Maude Abbott was a part of the third class of women … [Read more...]

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Can Women Ever Achieve Equal Status?

A portrait of Juana during her youth in 1666, which states she was 15 at the time, when she first entered the viceregal court

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Can Women Ever Achieve Equal Status? In March of every year, we celebrate National Women’s History Month. After reading the background information on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th baroque lyricist who wrote and left a substantial body of work, I cannot help but ask the question, “can women ever achieve equal status to men?” because the struggle has been going on for a long time. Back in the late 17th century, Sor Juana used her writing to question women’s unequal status and their subordinate role to men. But more than that, she didn’t just speak about women’s issues, she also gave voice to indigenous peoples … [Read more...]

Rachel Carson Brought Awareness to the Impact of Pollution on the Environment, Mini Biography

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson Brought Awareness to the Impact of Pollution on the Environment, Mini Biography Name: Rachel Carson Birth Date: May 27, 1907 - April 14, 1964 Job Functions: Scientist, Nature Writer Fields: Science, Environment Known For: Silent Spring Introduction Rachel Carson was an environmentalist long before it was cool to be labelled an environmentalist, and is often credited with starting the environmental movement in the United States. She is best known for her 1962 book, Silent Spring, which she used to bring awareness to the irreparable damage overuse of pesticides, especially DDT had on the environment. The public outcry … [Read more...]

Mary Edwards Walker, 1st Woman to Receive US Medal of Honor

Mary Edwards Walker

Mary Edwards Walker, 1st Woman to Receive US Medal of Honor, Mini Biography Name: Mary Edwards Walker Birth Date: November 26, 1832 - February 21, 1919 Job Functions: Medical Doctor, Reformer, Suffragist Fields: Medicine, Activism Known For: The only woman who has received the US Medal of Honor Introduction Born on November 26, 1832 in Oswego, N.Y. Her father, Alva Walker was a farmer, teacher and self-taught physician. Her parents operated a school on their 33-acre farm near Oswego, which she and her siblings attended. They were very liberal-minded and believed that all their children, five girls and one boy should have access … [Read more...]

Thomas L Jennings, 1st Black to Receive a Patent, Mini Biography

Thomas L Jennings

Mini Biography of Thomas L Jennings, 1st Black to Receive a Patent Name: Thomas L Jennings Birth Date: 1791 – 1856 (59) Job Functions: Tailor, Inventor, Abolitionist Known For: First black to receive a patent  Introduction I recently learned about Thomas L Jennings, the first black to receive a US Patent, and decided to profile him for Black History Month. Featuring someone who is not well-known has its challenges since I had great difficulty finding information on Thomas L Jennings. However, I was able to extract some information on Thomas L Jennings from a New York Times article on his daughter, Elizabeth Jennings “The … [Read more...]