Today is International Women's Day - Let's Connect More Notable Women

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Today, March 8, 2015, is International Women's Day. Numerous websites around the internet are celebrating by publishing biographies of notable women. I'd like to challenge WikiTreers to:

  1. think of those fields in which you have an interest, whether they be music, art, politics, science, civil rights, or something else,
  2. think of the women whose contributions to those fields have been noteworthy, and
  3. create new profiles for noteworthy women who do not yet have profiles.

So, who do you admire? Please share the names of any women you think should have profiles and, if you create a profile, please share a link to that profile as an answer to this post..


P.S. I've started with Octavia Butler. I'll add a link to her profile below this post.

in The Tree House by Pamela Lloyd G2G6 Mach 3 (39.2k points)
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3 Answers

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I've started by creating a profile on WikiTree for Octavia Butler. Butler, with her interests in family, community, and what it means to be human, seems a very appropriate start for such a challenge.

Octavia Butler.


by Pamela Lloyd G2G6 Mach 3 (39.2k points)
edited by Pamela Lloyd

My "unknown" notable woman would be Marie Mattingly - a female pioneer for women journalists and known for her international relief efforts following World War I. She was considered important enough that a liberty ship was named for her during World War II shortly after her death.

What a great profile, Jackie! Have you considered adding her connection to AJ? I noticed that she's connected.

Although I haven't read all of Butler's books, I have read several. I've been frustrated in my attempts to learn more about her ancestry, but today I found a book review for one of her books, Kindred, that has genealogy as it's focus:

(Guess what book I'm going to be looking for on my next trip to the library.)

So, my reasons for wanting to connect Butler to AJ and the global family tree are even stronger than I'd realized. Please, help, as I'm not finding the genealogical information necessary.

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I've created another profile for a notable woman, this one for Lotte Reiniger, who created the first animated feature film more than a decade before Walt Disney. Look for her amazing films, many of which are available in part or in whole on YouTube. Sadly, due to WWII, when she and her husband fled Nazi Germany, many of her films were lost, or the best cuts are no longer available.

by Pamela Lloyd G2G6 Mach 3 (39.2k points)
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Oh, heck. I missed this when I posted the following in the last hour:

Better late than never! In honor of International Women's Day (March 8) the New York Times did a nifty feature of belated obituaries on 15 exceptional women who'd been Overlooked

I've been down sick this week so I haven't got the energy/stamina to dig into it now. But it's a nice resource to add profiles, or improve existing profiles, for these women

  1. Ida B. Wells (1862-1931)
  2. Qui Jin (c. 1875-1907)
  3. Mary Ewing Outerbridge (1852-1886)
  4. Diane Arbus (1923-1971)
  5. Marsha B. Johnson (1945-1992)
  6. Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
  7. Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951)
  8. Madhubala (1933-1969)
  9. Emily Warren Roebling (1843-1903)
  10. Nella Larsen (1891-1964)
  11. Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)
  12. Margaret Abbott (1878-1955)
  13. Belkis Ayón (1967-1999)
  14. Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)
  15. Lillias Campbell Davidson (1853-1934)

Also, Mattel just released some new Barbie dolls based on inspiring women:

  1. Amelia Earhart, aviatrix
  2. Frida Kahlo, artist (married to Mexican muralist Diego Rivera)
  3. Katherine Johnson, mathematician (whose story was told in the recent movie "Hidden Figures"

Everyone of these women is Notable and worthy of treatment. Better late than never on the recognition. Even though I'm not fit to follow through now, I didn't want to let this notable recognition for these Notable women slip by unnoticed

by Elizabeth Winter G2G6 Mach 6 (69.8k points)
Thanks, Elizabeth! This post is actually from 3 years ago, so I'm actually thrilled to see that it turned up on your radar. There are so many wonderful women whose work can be spotlighted.

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