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Center for Cultural Resources - North America: Area Women of Achievement



Twyla Tharp: Push Comes To Shove

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Kentucky Women: Two Centuries of Indomitable Spirit and Vision

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Brief History of Women's Rights


Area Women of Achievement

Kit 1: The contents of this kit include primary source documents that consist of pictures, books, newspaper clippings and photographs. The items in this kit center around Area Women of Achievement from the United States of America. The women that are featured in this kit are also centered around the Kentuckiana area.

Kit 2: The contents of this kit include artifacts that consist of reenactment dolls, photographs, women's sports items, and newspaper articles.

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Area Women of Achievement from the United States of America, with an emphasis on women from the Kentuckiana area.

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Area Women of Achievement

Marvella Bayh

Activist: Spokesperson for the American Cancer Society and television "Bicentennial Reporter." Wife of Indiana Senator Birch Bayh.

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Catherine Coffin

Activist: Her and husband, Levi Coffin, helped thousands of fugitive slaves to safety in Newport, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio through the Underground Railroad.

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Dalia Messick

Arts: Daila Messick was an American comic strip artist who used the pseudonym, Dale Messick. She was the creator of Brenda Starr, Reporter, which at its peak during the 1950s ran in 250 newspapers.

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Twyla Tharp

Arts: American dancer, choreographer, and author who lives and works in New York City. In 1966, she formed her own company Twyla Tharp Dance.

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Edith Hamilton

Author: American educator, internationally-known author and one of the most renowned classicists of her era in the United States. Subjects: Ancient Greece, Greek philosophy, and mythology.

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Alice Hamilton

Author & Scientist: American physician, research scientist, and author. Hamilton is best known for her work in the field of occupational health and as a pioneer in the field of industrial toxicology. 

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Annie Fellows Johnston

Author: American author of children's fiction who wrote the popular, The Little Colonel series.

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Zerna Sharp

Author: Sharp was a United States author, writer, and teacher who was known for creating the Dick and Jane books for beginning readers. 

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Vera Bradley

Business: Vera Bradley is an American designer who started a company that designed luggage and handbags. This company is popular all over the world and the brand is worth millions. 

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Ameila Earhart

Business: An American aviation pioneer and first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She recieved achievements for her flights and became an author.

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Lillian Gilbreth

Business: Lillian Evelyn Moller Gilbreth was an American psychologist, industrial engineer, consultant, and educator who was an early pioneer in applying psychology to time-and-motion studies. She was described in the 1940s as "a genius in the art of living."

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Madam C.J. Walker

Business: Sarah Breedlove, known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a political and social activist.

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Dorothy Schroeder

Sports: Dorothy Schroeder, also known as Dottie, was a team member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She was known for her position as a shortstop and being a right-handed batter. She played a full twelve seasons with the league and was known for being one of the youngest girls to be a part of the team at just fifteen. Dorothy played for the South Bend Blue Sox and the Fort Wayne Daises.

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Wilma Rudolph

Sports:  Olympic gold medalist in track and field, member of the Olympic Hall of Fame, first African-American athlete to win three medals in track and field, and founder of the Wilma Rudolph Foundation that promotes amateur athletes.

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Jane Pauley

Communications: Television journalist, CBS Sunday Morning host, founder of the weekly magazine series, "Real Life with Jane Pauley" later named "Dateline." Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1950 and has written an autobiography titled, "Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue."

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Gene Porter

Communications: Photographed nature and wrote articles for magazines like Recreation and Outing, Novelist, and a movie production company creator. She was a Wabash native and her last residence was in California.

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Caroline Harrison

Politics: First Lady, wife to President Benjamin Harrison (1888), women's rights activist, and founding member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Mary Wright Sewell

Politics: Suffragette and women's rights activist, created the Art Association of Indianapolis, and chairman of the National Council of Women's standing committee on peace and arbitration.

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St. Theodora Guerin

Religion: Associated with the Sisters of Providence of Ruillé sur-Loir, France, cared for the poor and the sick, established schools in Indiana and Eastern Illinois, founder of Saint Mary of the Woods, and founded orphanages in Vincennes, Indiana.

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Sandy Sas

Religion: Rabbi spiritual leader of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck since 1977, Rabbi Emerita and is the Director of the Religion, active in the arts, civic and interfaith communities of Indianapolis, serves on the Indiana Humanities Council, serves with the Lake Institute of Faith and Giving and the Board of Advisors of IUPUI, serves on the board of the Julian Center, and the first women to serve a Conservative Congregation.

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Do you consider yourself to be a strong feminist, a feminist, not a feminist or an anti-feminist?
Strong Feminist: 5 votes (71.43%)
Feminist: 0 votes (0%)
Not a Feminist: 1 votes (14.29%)
Anti-Feminist: 0 votes (0%)
No Opinion: 1 votes (14.29%)
Total Votes: 7


Page Created by Teacher Candidates

Madison Norris

Madison is a senior undergraduate student at Indiana University Southeast pursuing Secondary Education with a concentration in social studies. Madison & her colleagues completed this service learning archival project for the Center for Cultural Resource's Area Women of Achievement webpage.

Kaitlyn Miller

Kaitlyn Miller is a senior undergraduate student at Indiana University Southeast pursuing Secondary Education with a concentration in social studies. Kaitlyn & her colleagues completed this service learning archival project for the Center for Cultural Resource's Area Women of Achievement webpage.

Courtney Roberts

Courtney is a senior undergraduate student at Indiana University Southeast pursuing Secondary Education with a concentration in social studies & psychology. Courtney & her colleagues completed this service learning archival project for the Center for Cultural Resource's Area Women of Achievement webpage.

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