March 1, 2017

An Ode to Badass Women in History

“Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.”– Lady Bird Johnson  

This is the type of attitude successful and badass women possess, and luckily for women in business today, history has left us with great examples of badass women such as her.  These women were so great at their craft and so influential that they are still inspiring others today.  As we come into Women’s History Month, we’d like to pay tribute to just a few of the many women throughout history who have left behind such inspiring legacies.

Hedy Lamarr

“Hope and curiosity about the future seemed better than guarantees.  That’s the way I was.  The unknown was always so attractive to me…and still is.”–Hedy Lamarr

This is the type of forward-thinking and risk-taking that has aided your ability to have a cell phone!  Did you know Hedy Lamarr, born as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, patented an idea that was the foundation of secure military communications and cell phone technology?  She called it the “Secret Communication System”, and it was invented to prevent enemies from interfering with missiles by changing radio frequencies simultaneously.  Now that’s badass!  Not only was she smart, but she was a beautiful actress who starred in films alongside the top actors at the time.  Some of her works include Algiers (1938), White Cargo (1942), and The Female Animal (1957).  

The Night Witches

“Almost every time we had to sail through a wall of enemy fire.”–Nadezhda Popova

What’s the all-time most badass career for a woman?  It has to be aviation!  And one group of women are still inspiring female pilots across the globe.  The 588th regiment was made up of mechanics, pilots, officers, and navigators who were all female.  These badass women took flight during World War II when the Soviet air force was grounded.  So, in 1941, Marina Raskova put together the 588th regiment to do night bombing missions.  They would do harassment bombings to wear out the enemy by keeping them up and worried at night, and their technique was genius.  The women aviators would fly close to the target, cut the engines, and then glide to where they wanted to bomb.  This kept the attack from being detected beforehand and added to their success.  Because of Marina’s work, Stalin created three regiments of women combat pilots.  And if that isn’t impressive enough, many of these ladies were around 20 years old!  Now that’s inspiring!

Maya Angelou

“Nothing will work unless you do.”–Maya Angelou

This woman needs no introduction! Maya Angelou has written some of the most beautiful poetry and books, and even after her death, her words continue to move people all over the world.  Her life changing quotes are everywhere, but the best part about her legacy was her sassy spirit. She wasn’t afraid to talk about important issues.  She had the courage to write the book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, which brought attention to topics that people were afraid to talk about.  Her discussion of rape, feminism, and racism helped bring a voice to those who were dealing with the same issues.  She was instrumental in bringing a voice to black women.      

Ada Lovelace

“The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be.”–Ada Lovelace

Do you know who the world’s first computer programmer was?  It was a woman, of course!  Ada Lovelace, born as Augusta Ada Byron, was a brilliant mathematician that.  She is regarded as the first computer programmer after she came up with an algorithm to be done by Charles Babbage’s general-purpose computer.  She was the first to realize the computer could do more than just simple calculations.  

Jeanette Rankin

“Men and women are like right and left hands; it doesn’t make sense not to use both.”–Jeanette Rankin

Hilary Clinton may get a lot of recognition as a female in a government office, but Jeanette Rankin was the first of badass women that held national office in the United States when she became Montana’s representative in 1916!  She helped support the 19th Constitutional Amendment that gave women voting rights.  She was a champion of equal rights, and helped paved the way for all the badass female politicians that came after her!

These badass women were monumental in paving the way for generations of badass women of came after them. They inspire women in all kinds of different fields to aim for the very best. Are you a badass lady entrepreneur who is ready to show how awesome she is?  Come check us out to find out how we can help! 

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