Four Badass Women You Need To Know About
History class was never known to teach you in depth about the women who have helped shape our world and give us freedoms we could not imagine life without. But, did you know some women throughout history have stopped wars, showed the impossible is possible, broke barriers in STEM, and studied space longer and harder than male counterparts?
Here is a list of some of our favorite women throughout history.
1. Mary Musgrove Bosomworth (1700-1765)
Nicknamed by many the "Empress of the Creek Nation," Mary played a vital role in the founding of this little state we call Georgia today. She was the daughter of a Creek Indian mother and a white father; Mary proved to be a shrewd negotiator and an extremely successful trader throughout her lifetime. James Edward Oglethorpe, who was the founder of the Georgia Colony worked hand-in-hand with Mary who was his interpreter. She maintained strategic alliances between the Creek nation and the British at a time when British, French, and Spanish interests in the region were hastily conflicted with one another.
2. Florence Chadwick 1953-1964
Not many women would try something ten times knowing they wouldn't be at least fifty percent successful. Unlike most women, Florence Chadwick, had ice in her veins. As an amateur swimmer for eighteen years she knew she was destined to do more. At age 32, she was denied entry in the 1950 half-century contest sponsored by the London Daily Mail because she had no reputation. Instead of giving up Florence decided to conquer the Channel on her own merits. She paid for a boat, trainer, and navigator with her dime. Her first try was a miss after being in the water for 14 hours. On August 8, she left Cape Gris Nez, France and crawled ashore at Dover, a record 13 hours 23 minutes later. She was later quoted by a local reporter saying, "I feel fine. I am quite prepared to swim back." That was exactly what she did the following summer. Florence was the first woman to swim England to France (16:22) and the first woman to swim it both ways. Proving you can fight and find your own way to pursue your dreams, even when you don't have the "reputation" to do so.
3. Dr. Marie Maynard Daly (April 16, 1921 – October 28, 2003)
Marie could easily have given up; she had everything against her in terms of dual bias. Not only was she a woman, but she was also an african-american. She didn't care, Marie knew she was smart and those who would hold race and gender against her just were not worth her time. She enrolled at Queens College in Flushing, New York, as a commuting student, and graduated magna cum laude in 1942 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Showcasing smarts and determination her college offered her a fellowship to continue pursuing graduate studies in chemistry at New York University. While attending school she also worked part-time as a laboratory assistant at Queens College. Marie was so ambitious she completed her master's degree in one year. Through out her career she conducted important studies relating to cholesterol, sugars, and proteins. Her passion to help minority students enroll in science focused graduate programs and medical school let her to develop programs as she pushed to show that gender and race didn't matter in medicine.