Posts Tagged: Biography

Women of Interest—Alice Ball

Alice Ball was a chemist who developed a treatment for leprosy involving the injection of chaulmoogra oil.  Dr. Harry T. Hollmann, who had been working with leprosy patients, sought out Ball when he discovered her thesis entitled “The Chemical Constituents of Piper Methysticum”.  Hollmann was working with chaulmoogra oil as a treatment for leprosy, and… Read more »

Women of Interest—Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie is a Canadian singer, songwriter, pacifist, and humanitarian who was a fearless advocator for the issues faced by Native Americans. She has received many accolades and honors for her work in education and social activism, including both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the best Original Song in 1983 for… Read more »

Women of Interest—Mary Ann Shadd Cary

“It is better to wear out than rust out.” (Mary Ann Shadd Cary)   Mary Ann Shadd Cary was North America’s first black woman to publish a newspaper.  She was viewed as an outspoken, forthright woman who overstepped the boundaries of a typical black woman in the 1800’s.  Mary Ann was also a notable figure… Read more »

Women of Interest—Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan was born Bettye Naomi Goldstein on February 4, 1921, in Peoria, Illinois, U.S.  and died February 4, 2006, in Washington, D.C., U.S.  Friedan was a journalist, activist, and one of the leading figures in the Women’s Movement.  In 1963 she published the bestselling book The Feminine Mystique which explores the possibility of women finding… Read more »

Women of Interest—Dorothy Hodgkin

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin was born May 12, 1910, in Cairo, Egypt, and died July 29, 1994, in Limington, Warwickshire, England.  In 1964 she was the third woman awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her development of protein crystallography. Dorothy’s other discoveries include the structure of penicillin, Vitamin B12, and the importance of insulin in… Read more »

Women of Interest—Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Mother Teresa was born on August 26, 1910, under the name of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, in Uskup, Kosovo Vilayet, and died September 5, 1997, in Calcutta, West Bengal, India.  Her father died when she was eight years old, leaving Teresa and her sister.  She left home at the age of eighteen and never saw her… Read more »

Women of Interest – Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel was born August 19, 1883, in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France, and died January 10, 1971, in Paris, France. Chanel is famous for her trademark suits, her little black dress, and of course her perfume, Chanel No.5. Following the death of her mother, she was put in an orphanage by her father. The nuns taught… Read more »