March 8th is International Women’s Day in many countries around the world, and March is Women’s History Month in the U.S. I picked 10 American women who I think are amazing. See if you know them all and check out my tips to learn more!
1. Kamala Harris
California native, she is the United States’ first female vice president, the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, and the first African American and first Asian American vice president.
2. Rosa Parks
In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This simple act of defiance helped change the course of civil rights activism in America.
Tip: To find out more about the life of Rosa Parks, visit the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, AL.
3. Marilyn Monroe
One of the greatest American pop culture icons in the 20th century, Marilyn Monroe starred in 29 films. Her favorite singer was jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald.
Get inspired and learn all about Marliyn Monroe and her life in her memoir My Story.
4. Amelia Earhart
The first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1937, Amelia and her plane disappeared, which remains a great mystery of the 20th century.
Don’t let your travel plans be up in the air! Plan a visit to the Museum of Flight when you are in Seattle, WA.
5. Eleanor Roosevelt
The longest-serving American First Lady (12 years!) and America’s first delegate to the United Nations.
If you’re passionate about making a difference, like Eleanor Roosevelt was, take a tour of the United Nations Headquarters in NYC.
6. Billie Jean King
7. Jackie O.
As the First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy turned the White House into a living museum of American history and culture.
Stroll along the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park when you need a break from the busy streets of NYC.
8. Ella Fitzgerald
Known as the “First Lady of Song,” Ella is considered an American jazz master and recorded more than 200 albums and 2,000 songs. She was also a huge baseball fan!
Stop by the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem when you visit NYC. Ella had her successful stage debut here on November 21, 1934.
9. Oprah Winfrey
A very influential woman, Oprah Winfrey is a talk show host, media magnet and producer, actress, and philanthropist. She is dubbed the “Queen of All Media.”
Catch a performance at the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the National Museum of African American History and Culture when you are in Washington, D.C.
10. Maria Tallchief
The first prima ballerina of Native American descent and an artistic inspiration for the choreographer George Balanchine.
Enjoy free ballet performances at the Millenium Park in Chicago. The calendar of events gets updated regularly.