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Her-Story: A Mid-Summer Reading List of She-Roes and Courageous Women

Guests of Oprah's Next Chapter (aired on 06.23.2013) African-American Women in Hollywood: (left to right) Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Oprah Winfrey, Phylicia Rashad and Alfre Woodard

Guests of Oprah’s Next Chapter (aired on 06.23.2013) African-American Women in Hollywood: (left to right) Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Oprah Winfrey, Phylicia Rashad and Alfre Woodard

Since creating the Her-Story category on this blog two years ago, posts filed under this heading have received a number of likes and comments and a few rave reviews. The idea for this category came during Women’s History Month 2014.

After publishing a combined post for both African-American and Women History Months, it occurred to me that I wasn’t restricted to including great stories about African-Americans and exceptional women only during the months of February and March. Duh? After all, it’s my blog and I can write about anything I want to and at any time.

Following the advice of Ogilvy & Mather (an iconic advertising firm) that reminds businesses to repeat their winners, I have compiled the complete set of Her-Stories in this post – so far, there are 10.

I encourage regular readers along with visitors to this blog to add these stories of female dynamos, unsung heroines, and trailblazers, who have and continue to create a path for others to follow, to your summer reading list. Read the ones that you missed, or read a few of them again. Stories about great women not only deserve to be repeated, but re-read as well.

  • Her-Story: Patricia L. Brown – Society of Women Engineers national president from1961 to 1963 and early pioneer of the Information Super Highway
  • Her-Story: Remembering Lucy Diggs Slowe – Howard University’s first Dean of Women and the first African-American woman to win a national title in any sport when she claimed the first women’s title at the American Tennis Association (ATA) national tournament in Baltimore (1917)
  • Her-Story: Diane Nash and Project Diane – leader of the Nashville Student Movement and an organizer for the Freedom Riders during the Civil Rights Movement of the early 1960s, and recipient of the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum (2008)
  • Her-Story: Anne Lucietto, PhD – received PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (August 2014) and ‎Assistant Professor – Engineering Technology Education Research, Purdue University Polytechnic Institute
  • Her-Story: Mo’ne Davis – first female to earn a win and pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history, first Little League baseball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine while still a Little League player, and one of Time Magazine’s “The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014” 
  • Her-Story: Alma Martinez Fallon – (Director of Supply Chain Procurement at Newport News Shipbuilding and FY2004 President of the Society of Women Engineers)

Note: Alma Martinez-Fallon is the subject for the first Her-Story. The stories for Bestenia Campbell and Stephanie Kwolek were written earlier and later added under the Her-Story category.

About Vi Brown

Vi is principal and CEO of Prophecy Consulting Group, LLC, an Arizona firm that provides business and engineering services to private and public clients. Prior to establishing her consulting practice in 2001, Vi worked with Motorola, Maricopa County Government, Pacific Gas & Electric, CH2M Hill, and Procter & Gamble. As an adjunct faculty member, Vi teaches undergraduate calculus classes and graduate level environmental courses. She is also a professional speaker.


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