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Category Archives: A-Z Challenge 2017

R is for Ruby Bridges, first black child in a white school, #AtoZ Challenge

By Uncredited DOJ photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Today’s blog is by the other fellow author of my book, Reaching for the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, the wonderful and talented Michaela Morgan: . The poem My First Day at School, by Michaela Morgan, commemorates Ruby Bridges, who, at the age of six, …

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Q is for Queen Æthelflæd first female ruler in England #AtoZ Challenge

Image by Hel-Hama, by CC licence. . Æthelflæd (pronounced Ethel-fled) was an Anglo-Saxon princess born around 870, the eldest daughter of Alfred the Great, who was the King of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex. In those days there was no overall ruler or Monarch of England. The map above shows Wessex as it was being claimed …

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P is for Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Astronomer #AtoZ Challenge

When I first read about this woman, I could hardly believe it! She was born Cecilia Helena Payne in Wendover, England on May 10th, 1900. In 1919 she won a scholarship to Newnham College, Cambridge University, to read botany, physics, and chemistry, where she attended a lecture by Arthur Eddington on an expedition he had …

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O is for Georgia O’Keeffe, Artist, #AtoZ Challenge 2017

Today there is another blog from guest blogger,  Jan Dean! Blue and Green Music by Georgia O’Keeffe, 1921 . Georgia O’Keeffe was born in 1887  and died in 1986. Georgia O’Keeffe was an important and influential American painter.  Although most of her work portrays landscape, bones, shells and stones, she is best known for her flower paintings.  …

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N is for Florence Nightingale, Nurse, #AtoZ Challenge

Florence Nightingale This special entry is by one of my fellow authors of my new book Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls – the wonderful and talented Jan Dean! . Florence Nightingale is famous for being the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ – the woman who organised the nursing of sick and wounded soldiers …

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M is for Lise Meitner – Physicist, #AtoZ Challenge

Smithsonian Institution – (1878-1968), lecturing at Catholic University, Washington, D.C . Lise Meitner was born in Vienna on the 7th November 1878, and died in Cambridge, England, on 27th of October 1968. Her parents were Jewish. Lise was a clever little girl who loved maths and science – by the time she was 8 she already …

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L is for Dorothea Lange #AtoZ Challenge

 Dorothea Lange with a Graflex 5×7 Series D. Image by Rondal Partridge, Farm Security Administration   Dorothea Lange was born on May 26th, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey, as Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn – she changed her name later to her mother’s maiden name, as she blamed her father for the divorce of her parents. After she went …

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K is for Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan #AtoZ Challenge

. Helen Keller, 8 with tutor Anne Sullivan on vacation in Brewster, Cape Cod, Massachusetts R. Stanton Avery Special Collections . This entry is taken from my new book, Reaching for the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, pub. Macmillan and written with  Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan. Jan wrote in the book about Helen Keller – watching …

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J is for Dame Jane Goodall #AtoZ Challenge

  The more we learn of the true nature of nonhuman animals, especially those with complex brains and corresponding complex social behaviour, the more ethical concerns are raised regarding their use in the service of man – whether this be in entertainment, as ‘pets,’ for food, in research laboratories or any of the other uses …

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I is for Ida B Wells, Early Fighter Against Institutional Racism #AtoZ Challenge

Mary Garrity Restored by Adam Cuerden – Based on image originally from NAEMVZELXQV2iw at Google Cultural Institute I wish I had more room to tell the complete story of this extraordinary woman. She was intelligent, she was brave, she never gave up, despite many, many setbacks… Ida B Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on …

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