Meet Lucy Coffey! At 108 years old she is our nation's oldest woman veteran, having served at the rank of sergeant in the procurement office of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II.
Lucy was working at a local A&P supermarket when she decided to enlist in 1943, and subsequently landed in Japan. ... [Read More]
165 years ago today, on July 22, in 1849, famed American poet Emma Lazarus was born in New York City to a wealthy sugar refining family of Portuguese Sephardic Jewish descent. A writer from an early age, she went on to become part of the late nineteenth century New York literary elite, and at age 34 penned the inspiring sonnet that would give the Statue of ... [Read More]
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger coined the term “birth control” in 1914, revolutionizing women’s lives in United States, and around the world.
On this 100-year anniversary, the organization has created this timeline, which charts the history of contraception from 1914 to the present day.
Although there are many more battles to fight, it’s encouraging to see how far we have ... [Read More]
Unrealistic beauty standards aren’t exclusive to modern society, or to western culture. Documentary photographer and cultural anthropologist Jo Farrell captures one of the oldest barbaric “beauty” rituals in her photography project, Living History: Bound Feet Women Of China.
The project chronicles and celebrates the lives ... [Read More]
As the famous quote goes, "Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels." On what would have been the stage and screen legend’s 103rd birthday, we’re celebrating the lesser known reasons why Ginger was a Woman You Should Know ... [Read More]
Meet Clementine Paddleford (September 27, 1898 - November 13, 1967)... America’s culinary "it" girl of the 1950s. The pioneering food writer and columnist had an unparalleled ability to describe foods and their flavors, and is said to have intensively researched the articles she wrote for publications like ... [Read More]
Did you know... the Continental Congress* voted for independence on July 2, 1776, but didn’t approve the Declaration of Independence until July 4th. Now 238 years later, how do we Americans show pride for our nation, and appreciation for what our founding fathers did? By setting off magnificent fireworks (14,000 displays will ... [Read More]
In September 2011, Women You Should Know set out to honor a specific group of 9/11 first responders… the women, as none of us could recall seeing any news coverage or pictures of female firefighters, police officers, EMTs, FBI agents, etc. in the ten years since the attacks. Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas had a similar idea, ... [Read More]