8    Mar 20140 comments

International Women’s Day: Some of our heroes

Today is International Women’s Day. The global day celebrates the achievements of women: past, present and future.

In honor of the day, we're showcasing and celebrating some remarkable women. There are so many that fit into this category but we'll start with just a few:

Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Polish-born physicist and chemist Marie Curie, who researched radioactivity, moved to France. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. Her work served as a foundation for modern day physics. She broke barriers and paved the way for women in her fields. Continue reading "International Women’s Day: Some of our heroes" »

8    Mar 20131 comment

International Women’s Day: Your stories

International Women’s Day has its roots in the North American and European Labor movements.

It was first observed in the US on February 28, 1909, in honor of the 1908 worker’s strike when women protested against poor working conditions. A year later, The Socialist International met in Copenhagen and established a Women’s Day to honor the women’s rights movement.

The first International Women’s Day, in 1911, took place in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Women rallied for worker’s rights, the right to vote and to hold public office, among other issues.

Today, International Women’s Day is observed worldwide: Continue reading "International Women’s Day: Your stories" »

1    Mar 20132 comments

Celebrating: National Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s Month in the United States. It has been observed annually since 1987 to honor women’s contributions to society, history and culture.

American women have achieved many firsts; here are a few:

  • The first convention held to advocate women’s rights was at Seneca Falls, New York in 1848.
  • In 1869, Wyoming Territory was the first US territory to grant women the right to vote.
  • The first woman elected to an American political office was Susanna Salter, mayor of Argonia, Kansas in April 1887.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell was the first accredited American female doctor and founded the first medical school for women.
  • Edith Wharton became the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel - The Age of Innocence - in 1921.
  • In 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to successfully fly more than 20 hours across the Atlantic.

"We Can Do It" poster, J. Howard Miller. Image credit: Wikipedia

This year’s theme is “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination,” which recognizes the contributions and achievements of women in the fields of science, mathematics, technology and engineering.

In honor of International Women's Day next week, we will publish some of our favorite inspirational stories of women in your family tree.

Do you have women in your family who were pioneer inventors? Do you have any stories of women ancestors' contribution to society, culture and innovation? We'd like to hear your stories. Share them in the comments below, or email them to stories@myheritage.com.

8    Mar 201212 comments

International Women’s Day: Your stories

Martha Florence Sutter’s “Resistance Fighter” Identity Card, c1940

Martha Florence Sutter’s “Resistance Fighter” Identity Card, c1940

We’ve had a terrific response to our “International Women’s Day: Heroines in your family” post, where we invited you to submit stories about the incredible women in your families.

The stories we received highlight how women left their mark on their families while remaining a shining example for future generations.

Here are a few examples to inspire you as much as they inspired us. Thank you for sharing them.

Continue reading "International Women’s Day: Your stories" »

2    Mar 20128 comments

Heroines in your family: International Women’s Day 2012

Photo: Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons

International Women's Day is March 8, 2012 and we invite you to submit stories about the heroines in your family. We will showcase the best here in our blog.

We're looking for stories from the major to the everyday achievements of women in your family, whether they saved someone in WWII or raised amazing children as single mothers.

Post your stories and photos on our Facebook page or on Twitter @myheritage with the hashtag #WomenRock.

Here are comments from our own team about what International Women's Day means to them:

Ania - Marketing Manager, MyHeritage:

Continue reading "Heroines in your family: International Women’s Day 2012" »

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