Early in life, Florence knew she wanted to choose a life of service to others. Born into a family of wealth, Florence was sheltered in many ways by her parents. Her father educated her at home and opposed the idea of Florence going into nursing. In fact, Florence later wrote that she felt suffocated and stymied by the wealth of her family as well as the social expectations that this brought.
While Florence had a number of suitors, she felt that marriage would enslave her with domestic responsibilities. Following the worst of the Crimea War, in 1855 Florence was asked by an old friend -Sydney Herbert- to hire and organize a group of nurses for the war efforts in Crimea.
Katharine Meyer Graham’s father, Eugene Meyer, bought the Washington Post at a bankruptcy auction in 1933. Katharine worked summers at the Washington Post during her college years. In 1940, Katharine married Philip Graham, a graduate of Harvard Law School. Katharine’s father sold the Washington Post to Phillip and Katharine for one dollar in 1948, not long after Philip’s discharge from the U.S. Army.
…Against All Odds
Wilma Rudolph was a winner in every sense of the word! She overcame many hardships, difficulties, disabilities, and trials to become a national hero in perseverance!
Wilma was born in 1940 in Clarksville, Tennessee. Wilma was the 20th child out of 22 children born to a very poor family during the depression era years. Due to her premature birth, she experienced many illnesses…measles, mumps, chicken pox, scarlet fever, and pneumonia. Then the unthinkable became reality. Doctors told her mother that Wilma had crippling polio and would never walk.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born and raised in Alabama. On December 1, 1955, Rosa refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Note: There was another vacant seat… he just wanted her seat.
The Montgomery, Alabama ordinance required blacks to give up their seats. For violating this ordinance, Ms. Parks was arrested. This very act culminated into what we now know as the Civil Rights Movement. After a 382-day bus company boycott, the Supreme Court ruled that the ordinance under which Ms. Parks was arrested and fined was unlawful.
Most of us have heard of Susan B. Anthony as well as the Susan B. Anthony coin, minted in 1979 in her honor.
“Independence is happiness.” Susan B. Anthony