What does the right to vote mean to you? Without the Suffragette movement, we wouldn’t have that right. Today we take that right for granted, and often skip voting because we don’t want to. But before the Suffragette movement, women weren’t allowed to vote at all, their voices weren’t allowed to be heard even though they were able to work and do other things.
Even after the Suffrage movement, several women were still not allowed to vote. Notable women who were still denied the right to vote include women’s rights leader Susan B. Anthony, civil rights activists Rosa Parks & Harriet Tubman, mental health rights activist Dorothea Dix, and disability rights activist Helen Keller. Even after 1919, these women risked even their own lives to practice their right to vote – something we take for granted today.
In 2020 the US Government is making a big change to something we’re use to seeing all the time – the face of the $10 bill. The new bill will feature a famous woman in history, and right now the front runners are women we all know from history books like Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and many others. They haven’t announced who will be on the note, but it will celebrate a woman who made changes. This new $10 bill will join the changing face on the $20 which Harriet Tubman has been voted to replace Andrew Jackson on!
Throughout the years, women have been making changes, and Suffragette is featuring one of the most pivotal parts in the women’s right movement in history. Check out the strides in history women have made in science field!
WOMEN’S FIRSTS IN THE SCIENCES
- 1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell is the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States. She went on to open the first UK medical school for women in 1874.
- 1903 – Marie Curie is the first women to win a Nobel Prize, in 1903, and was the first person to win a second Nobel, in 1911.
- 1925 – Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin demonstrates for the first time from existing evidence on the spectra of stars that stars were made up almost exclusively of hydrogen and helium, one of the most fundamental theories in stellar astrophysics.
- 1932 – Amelia Earhart is the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
- 1944 – Maud Menten conducts the first electrophoretic separation of proteins.
- 1947 – Gerti Cori is the first American woman, third woman overall, to win the Nobel Prize in science for her discovery of the mechanism by which glycogen is transformed in the muscles to form lactic acid, and is later reformed as a way to store energy
- 1983 – Sally Ride is the first American woman in space. It was later revealed she was also the first known LGBT astronaut.
- 1991 – Ellen Ochoa is the first Hispanic female astronaut.
- 1992 – Mae C. Jemison flew into space aboard the Endeavour, becoming the first African-American woman in space.
- 2008 – Penny Sackett is the first female Chief Scientist of Australia.
- 2009 – Ada Yonath is the first Middle Eastern woman to win a Nobel Prize in the sciences for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome.
There are so many amazing things women have done since the Suffragette movement, and many more to come. We’re excited to check out Suffragette when the movie makes it to our area, but until then – check out the new clip from the movie below!
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