Fast Five Facts: Amazing Women Throughout History
Posted on 14 March 2017
These amazing women make for some pretty inspiring facts, perfect for Women’s History Month!
Hatshepsut was one of the most powerful women in the ancient world and the only female pharaoh in recorded history. She was the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty and reigned for over twenty years. While accounts seem to paint her reign in a favorable light, her image has been defaced on numerous temples and monuments in an attempt to remove her from history. (Pictured: Statue of Hatshepsut at The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Queen Victoria of Great Britain ruled one of the largest empires in the history of the world, at one point controlling land on nearly every continent. This included countries like India, Australia, Egypt, Kenya, Canada, and British Guiana promoting the saying, the sun never sets on the British Empire. (She also loved opals. See our tribute to her in the jewelry collection)
Cherokee leader Nancy Ward took her husband’s place in a 1775 battle against the Creeks and led her tribe to victory. Afterward she became head of the Woman’s Council and a member of the Council of Chiefs, playing a key role in social and political changes to the Cherokee nation throughout her life.
In 1777 During the Revolutionary War, 16 year old Sibyl Ludington raced through the night to warn New York patriots that the British were attacking nearby Danbury, CT. where munitions and supplies for the entire region were stored. While Paul Revere gets all the glory for nighttime rides, her journey took her twice the distance and helped the troops prepare and repel a British attack. (Pictured: Statue of Sibyl Ludington in Camel, NY)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony spent their lives fighting for women’s suffrage, but neither lived long enough to see the Amendment granting them the right to vote. Stanton passed away in 1902, decades before women finally won out, and Anthony in 1906 only a few years later. (Pictured: Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony)
Bonus Fact: Marie Curie is the only woman to ever win two Nobel Prizes. Her first award was for physics for her work on spontaneous radiation with her husband, her second was in Chemistry for her studies of radioactivity. While her dedication to science ultimately led to her death from years of exposure to radiation, Marie Curie is remembered for her discovery of radium and polonium; as well as her huge contribution to the fight against cancer.
We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about these amazing women. We don't just thrive to provide you with fashionable bohemian dresses, accessories & jewelry so you can make a cute boho outfit; we also thrive to share our love of education with you!