MAKERS Nominates You: Discover and Share Some of History's Hidden Figures Just in Time for the Oscars
Do you have an untold story? Share it with us on the MAKERS Stories app, then nominate a friend to do the same. #BEBOLD and tell us, #WhatsYourStory?
The stories of historical female figures both past and present are often lost or brushed aside in an attempt to write history from the male perspective.
But if there's one takeaway from Gloria Steinem and Octavia Spencer's conversation on the opening night of The 2017 MAKERS Conference, it's that as activists, we have a responsibility to dig up and discover those stories.
Oscar-nominated and award winning "Hidden Figures" has opened the door to a much larger conversation that calls upon all of us to be bold. Together, we can rewrite history books with everyone on the pages.
To start, we are featuring just some of the stories of women you may not know: MAKERS who have changed the world in a variety of ways. Scroll through and watch some of their stories below:
Brenda Berkman, First NYC Female Firefighter
Marin Alsop, First Woman Conductor of a Major American Orchestra
Eileen Collins, First Woman Commander, NASA
France Córdova, First Female Chief Scientist, NASA
Val Demings, First Female Chief of Police, Orlando, Florida
Mae Jemison, First African-American Woman in Space
Katherine Johnson, Mathematician, NASA:
Jenette Kahn, First Female Comic Book Executive
Violet Palmer, First Female Referee, NBA
Maria Pepe, Little League's First Girl
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, First Latina Elected to Congress
Ruth Simmons, First African-American Ivy League President, Brown
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