On this day in 1819 Louise Otto-Peters was born. A German writer, feminist, poet & activist she said, “History of all times, of today especially, teaches that women will be forgotten if they forget to think of themselves.”
Bessie Coleman was the first African American female pilot; known as ‘Brave Bessie’ she was determined to achieve her dreams despite the obstacles in her way.
Bessie was born in 1892 in Atlanta, Texas; a time and a place where being black made life very difficult. Black and white children were not allowed to go to the same school so Bessie had to walk four miles every day just to get to the school that was for the black children. Each year her learning would be interrupted in the summer when she had to work in the cotton fields with her family at harvest time. Despite all this, she thrived at school, reading all she could and excelling at maths.
For our first contribution to Sheroes of History, Chiara Bernardi , a PhD student at Warwick University, and her sister Benedetta, who studies photo-journalism and women in Italy, tell us about Tina Modotti:
Assunta Adelaide Luigia Modotti, or Tina, as she became known, was born in Italy on the 17th August 1896.
In 1898 her family moved to Austria, but then came back to Italy in 1905, when Tina was nine years old. Tina, who couldn’t speak Italian, was a quick learner and soon succeeded in all classes and finished primary school. However, her promising results in school didn’t grant her access to further education; her family’s poor background forced Tina into a job in a spinning mill.
Welcome to Sheroes of History!
Sheroes of History is a new blog and podcast which will shine a spotlight on amazing heroines of the past! From women whose names you may have heard, to those whose stories are less well known, learn about the many amazing Sheroes of history.
Sheroes of History aims to be inspiring, informative and inclusive, celebrating remarkable women from all walks of life.
COMING SOON! Sheroes of History podcast! A monthly podcast featuring profiles of Sheroes, interviews, Sheroes of Today and Sheroes of Fiction! Look out for the download coming soon!
Tell us about your Sheroes of History – submit a profile of a historic woman that has inspired you for the Sheroes blog. (No longer than 500 words, please include links to any references)
Nominate a Shero of Today or a Shero of Fiction for the podcast! Each month we will feature one on the podcast; send us an email about someone you think we should all know about!
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