International Women’s Day| Eight “First” Ladies…

The International Women’s Day celebrates women around the world. As I read a few posts from both Ye Pirate Tales and Mirth and Motivation|End Violence Against Women, it inspired me to highlight a few women I think prove perfectly, Loretta Lynn’s words…

“A charming woman…doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself.”

To me, these eight “pioneers” not only stepped away from the crowd but also paved new paths for other women to find encouragement and opportunities. Here is my list in no particular order on…

The Eight “First” Ladies and their Wisdom Words:

1. Janet Wood Reno:

Portrait of Janet Reno

Janet Reno (Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida)

Janet was the first American woman General Attorney appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

Wisdom words: “I try to do my best and make the best judgments I can.”

2. Maria Montessori:

Maria Montessori (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maria Montessori (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italian physician and educator, Maria developed the Montessori approach to educate children. She was the first woman to earn a medical degree from the University of Rome.

Wisdom words: “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”

“The first idea the child must acquire it that of the difference between good and evil.”

3. Marie Curie:

English: Marie Curie (born Maria Salomea Skłod...

English: Marie Curie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marie was a Polish physicist and chemist. Check these outstanding first woman achievements and you will agree, Marie, was a powerhouse of a woman!

  • Won Nobel Prize in two different science fields–the first, ever! 
  • First female professor at the University of Paris
  • In 1995, the first woman to have her own merits entombed in Paris’ Pantheon.  
  • First discovered the chemical element polonium–safe to say, she owns polonium. 🙂

Wisdom Words: “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

4. Clara Barton:

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Clara Barton– Photo Credit: Wikipedia

During Clara’s time, very few women worked outside the home but did that stop her? No! She was first woman to hold a government job and went on to start the American Red Cross. No obstacles too big for Clara!

Wisdom words: “I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man’s work for LESS than a man’s pay.”

You tell them, Clara!

5. Anne Bradstreet:

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Anne Bradstreet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anne was the first American female writer and the first female poet to have her work published.

Wisdom words: “Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending.”

6. Lucille Ball:

Lucille Ball at Madame Tussaud's New York

Lucille Ball (Photo credit: InSapphoWeTrust

Lucille was the well-known star of the television show,  I Love Lucy, and the first woman to own a major television studio.

Wisdom words: “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” ( My favorite mantra!!)

7. Elizabeth Blackwell:

Deutsch: Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell–Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Elizabeth was the first American woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

Wisdom words: “If society will not admit of woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled.”

8. Cyndi Lauper:

English: Cyndi Lauper in concert, Australia, 2011.

Cyndi Lauper in concert, Australia, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay, seriously, we cannot omit Cyndi. She proves without a doubt, with her unique fashion and creative artistic works, to be a modern-day “first” woman. Her 1980 début album, She’s So Unusual, became the first album in history (by a female recording artist) to have FOUR top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Most popular song still heard over the airways… “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

Wisdom words: “People can save the world by the way they think and by the way they behave and what they hold to be important.”

I thank the Universe not only for these eight women, but also those not so famous (but just as important)…like our mothers, caregivers and our teachers to name a few. The generous love and giving women share to the world truly is the beauty of femininity.

Any of these “first” ladies your favorite? Please share…

Happy International Women’s Day 2013


21 thoughts on “International Women’s Day| Eight “First” Ladies…

  1. Caddo Veil says:

    What a wonderful dedication, Sunshine–and thank you so much for naming Anne Bradstreet among the list. I feel very affirmed. God bless you–love, sis Caddo


  2. angelswhisper2011 says:

    Happy Women’s Day, Sunshine. All the women are very special. Maria Montessori has some fantastic words for education “The first idea the child must acquire it that of the difference between good and evil.” It’s where it all begins 🙂


  3. Kozo says:

    Great list, Sunshine. Love the Montessori quotations on peace. I also love the Cindi Lauper photo and Lucille Ball quote had me laughing. Don’t forget to celebrate yourself as well, {{{Hugs}}} Kozo


    • Sunshine says:

      i wanted to put Joan Baez in there for you Kozo ♥ and a few other peace activists but time was racing me and i wanted to beat it down! ha ha. man, that is an awesome photo of Cyndi, huh? thanks, again…and yes, {{{hugs}}}


    • Sunshine says:

      happy you came to celebrate, Bentehaarstad. hmm, now how does a gravatar turn to be a bad link…you mean when you hover over my sun icon it does not open to anything? i checked the gravatar and it seemed to be in order. if you have time, could you try it again. if it happens again, i will run it through WP forum. thanks!!! ♥


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