Ceiling Breakers

Katherine Johnson

Mathematician Katherine Johnson used her exceptional calculation skills to assess the flight paths of spacecrafts for NASA. Prior to her work in the space industry, Johnson was one of the first three African American students to be accepted into the graduate program at West Virginia University in 1939. Soon after, she got married and started …

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Frida Kahlo

In 1925, she was in a bus accident that required her to have over 30 surgeries during her lifetime, but it was during her recovery that she learned to paint. By the 1930s, Kahlo’s marriage was suffering. Her husband was having an affair with her sister while Kahlo was also having extramarital relations with both …

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Junko Tabei

Not only was Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei the first woman to ever trek to Mount Everest’s summit, but she also was the first one to complete the Seven Summits — climbing the tallest mountain on every continent. Tabei formed the Ladies’ Climbing Club in 1969, an all-woman mountaineering group that would eventually make the trek …

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Marie Curie

Became a world-renowned physicist during a time when women weren’t regarded for these types of roles. Born in Poland, Curie left Warsaw in 1891 to study physics and mathematics at the Sorbonne in Paris. There, she met her husband Pierre Curie, and together they began researching the separation of radium from radioactive residues. Their work …

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Crystal Eastman

She’s a passionate organizer for women’s suffrage, had ambitions beyond getting women the right to vote. Crystal Eastman, one of the most influential social justice figures of the twentieth century, is the subject of the first full-length biography. Unpublished manuscripts, rare speeches, and political policy memos are among the newly found content. Contextualizes today’s most …

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