By: Dontae Scisson
March 1st starts the month of Women’s Achievements by Women worldwide in Medicine, politics, education, sports, fashion, Show Business, and Music. It is celebrated in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, and in October in Canada. This national holiday made its debut in 1978 in Sonoma County, California. It was started by Gerda Lerner and the National Women’s History Alliance to be recognized as a national week by 1980 to be spread further shortly after. Former US President Jimmy Carter made a declaration speech designing Women’s history week stating that Women have helped men build America. Still, their actions, achievements, and accomplishments go unnoticed, unappreciated, and undocumented from the pilgrims to the Indigenous people who welcomed them. Women have been overlooked in every aspect.
Mae Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut. She became the first African American Woman to travel into space as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Jemison joined in 1987 when she was selected to join the STS-47 mission, where the orbit around earth took almost eight days from September 12-20, 1992. Born in Alabama but raised in Chicago, the Stanford University graduate has a degree in chemical engineering and African and African American studies. She earned her medical degree from Cornell University. Jemison was also a doctor for the Peace Corps in Liberia and Sierra Leone. After Mae’s voyage with NASA, she left in 1993 to write children’s books such as Mae Among the Stars, Discovering New Planets, and VIP. Mae Jemison is also an actress appearing on shows like Star Trek (1987), Marvel’s Moon girl (2023), Devil Dinosaur (2023), and Mars (2016). Wow, this Woman is a chemical Engineer, Doctor, Astronaut, Author, and Actress. She can do anything!
Born on March 17th, 1999, Becca Longo is an American football kicker who made history by becoming the first Woman to earn an NCAA football scholarship at the division two level or higher when she signed with Adams State University. She was a graduate of Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona. She started playing football in her sophomore year of high school. In 2014 she was a transfer student from Queen Creek High School in Arizona, then was forced to sit out her Junior year when she entered Basha, in her Senior year Longo converted 35 extra points out of 38 attempts and was very successful on her lone field goal attempt of the season for 30yds.