International Women's Day

Famous Women Who Impact Us Today

Christina Jenkins: The inventor of the weave

Jenkins, an African-American woman, thought that it would be more feasible to sew hair directly to the head instead of weaving hair together and attaching it to the scalp with pins. Christina Jenkins and her husband Duke established a company called Christina's Hair Weaves in the early 1950s. People from around the world wanted to learn from the woman who invented hair weaves, and these individuals paid her to come to their countries to teach her unique weaving technique.

MARIA MAYER

Mayer was German-born American physicist who suggested the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus. In 1963 she received a Noble Prize for this act. She was the first woman to receive a Noble Prize for theoretical physics.

Lucy Hobbs Taylor

Taylor, a British woman, was the first woman to become a dentist. In 1866 she received her doctorate in dentistry at Ohio College of Dental Surgery. Many times colleges wouldn't accept her but she got into Ohio College and Iowa Sate Dental Society.

Elizabeth Blackwell

Blackwell, an American Woman, was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S.A. She was the first to graduate in her class with the highest grades in 1849. This makes her the first openly identified women to graduate with a medical degree.

Martha J. Coston

Coston, an American woman, needed a way to support herself and her children after the death of her husband so she looked through his journals and continued on with one of his inventions that he never finished. Even though her husband couldn't get the signal device to work, Coston revised the designs to include pyrotechnic components to create a long-lasting and multicolored system of flares.

By 1859 Coston created the Night Signals system and the U.S Navy bought it from her for $20,000!

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton was elected United States Senator from New York on November 7, 2000. She is the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate and the first woman elected statewide in New York. Not only that but Hillary Clinton currently serves as the U.S Secretary of State.