One cold January night a beautiful baby girl was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Griscom, or better known as Betsy Ross. Betsy came from a family of Quakers, so she eventually learned to sew when she was apprenticed to an upholsterer. In 1773 Betsy ran away from home to marry her secret lover, John Ross. Then opened an upholstery shop where Betsy sewed. While working in her upholstery shop in New Jersey, Betsy Ross got a visit from General George Washington.
Susan B. Anthony (Susan Brownell Anthony) Susan B. Anthony was a prominent feminist author who started the movement of women’s suffrage and she was also the president of the National American Women Suffrage Association. Anthony was in favor of abolitionism as she was a fierce activist in the anti-slavery movement before the civil war. Susan Anthony was born on February 15, 1820, in Adams, Massachusetts, and before becoming a famous feminist figure, she worked as a teacher. Anthony grew up in a Quaker family that made her spend her time working on social causes. And her father was an owner of a local cotton mill.
Touch-lip reading, Braille, speech, typing, and finger spelling were just some of the methods she had learned. In 1903 she published her first autobiography “Story of My Life” with the help of Anne Sullivan and John Macy, Anne’s soon to be husband. Many people were inspired by her story, Helen once said “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows”. Helen graduated from Radcliffe College at the age of 24 in 1904. She lived with Anne and John after they got married and she resumed to learn from her mentor.
Gerald Schwartz, A Woman Doctor's Civil War: Esther Hill Hawks' Diary. (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1984. ix, 30lp. Illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gerald Schwartz is a professor of history at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. A graduate of Mexico City College, Dr. Schwartz holds a Ph.D. from Washington State University.
Graphic designer, Louise Fili, grew up in an Italian-American family in New Jersey and fell in love with the homeland of her parents at the age of 16 years. Since then, her passion for design, typography and Italian food has influenced her career as a designer. Fili went to study studio arts at Skidmore College but instead found graphic design, as she states in an interview “I went to Skidmore College where, if you couldn’t paint, they told you that you were graphically oriented. That’s when I found out what graphic design was.”. Later in the 1970’s, she completed her final semester at the School of Visual Arts in New York and at the age of 25 she become senior designer for Herb Lubalin.
Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau was an American fashion designer and entrepreneur. She was born on November 10, 1931 in Roslyn, New York. She went to school at Miss Porter’s School with Jackie Kennedy. She had a good childhood and moved to Palm Beach with her husband to kick off her journey. There, she sold oranges to local businesses, but felt like she wanted a home for her business.
Amelia Earhart was born in Kansas on July 24, 1897. Her parents were Edwin and Amy Otis Earhart. Amelia lived with her wealthy grandparents and attended a private school until she was 12 years old. Then, Amelia and her sister went to live with their parents, in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1915 Edwin and Amy got a divorce, and Amy took the girls and moved to Chicago to live with friends for a while.
Sandy Skoglund was born on September 11, 1946, in Weymouth, Massachusetts. She studied both art history and studio art at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and received her BA degree in Studio Art in 1968. Then she went to the University of Iowa for a Master of Fine Arts Degree. She was interested in a variety of artistic disciplines
Stockett studied creative writing and English for her undergraduate course from the University of Alabama. Then she moved to New York in order to pursue work in the publishing business. For about nine years she offered her services in marketing and publishing of magazine there and later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. She shifted her interest to literary writing as she moved back to South. After five years of hard work on her personal writing project she finally had The Help published in 2009.
Paul Cadmus was born in 1904, in the upper west side of Manhattan. Cadmus was born into an artistic family, his mother and father were both artists, not only recreational but professionally. His mother illustrated children's books while his father was a commercial artist. Cadmus’s father had studied alongside Robert Henri. At the young age of 15, Paul dropped out of high school and enrolled at the National Academy Of Design for 6 years where he then later attended the Art Students League Of New York.
Today in the Dr. Maxine Merlino art gallery I was part of an interview with Artist Norax Ayala. She grew up in the Inland Empire, and recently moved to Long Beach for graduate school. She has always loved art, and she was always coloring when she was younger. She then moved on to watercolor painting, and then real painting when she got older. Her artwork now is inspired by what she cares about most, feminism.
Besides being an interior decorator she was also a professional actress that performed various light comic and historical roles throughout the 1890s. Wolfe also spent some of her earlier years abroad in Europe and was presented in court to to the queen of England, Queen Victoria. Once back in New York, Wolfe began doing
Her aunt would also travel with her to New York to visit her mother, when her mother was there for lengthy theater runs (1). When Nancy was eight, her mother, Edith married a prominent Chicago neurosurgeon, Loyal Davis. After this, Nancy rejoined her mother and in 1931,
Marjorie Stewart Joyner was born in Monterey, Virginia. She was born on October 24, 1896, and was the granddaughter of a slave and slave owner. After attending primary school, Marjorie moved to Chicago, Illinois to pursue a career in cosmetology. She attended the A.B. Molar Beauty School and she later became the first African-American woman to graduate from the school.