Arkansas organizations are celebrating Women’s History Month with a variety of events including a photography exhibit, book club and discussions with business leaders.
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Raye Montague was an internationally registered professional engineer with the U.S. Navy who is credited with the first computer-generated rough draft of a U.S. naval ship.
Debbye Turner Bell, who grew up in Jonesboro, was crowned Miss America 1990. After her reign, she became a veterinarian, has appeared on national television, and is a motivational speaker.
Daisy Lee Gatson Bates was a mentor to the Little Rock Nine, the African American students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock in 1957.
Annie Zachary Pike is a farmer and community activist from Phillips County who became the first African American appointee to a state board.
Lottie Lee Holt Shackelford is a prominent African American political leader who became the first female mayor of Little Rock.
Faye Clarke co-founded the Educate the Children Foundation, which was created to support rural and impoverished school districts with donations of educational materials.
Anita Marie Pointer is an original member of the singing group the Pointer Sisters. Pointer’s parents were Arkansas natives and she attended school in Arkansas for a few years during her childhood.
Yuri Kochiyama was incarcerated during World War II at the Jerome Relocation Center in Arkansas. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
Arkansas native Kathryn Hall-Trujillo is a public health expert and advocate who focuses on healthcare for African American women.
Eliza Ann Ross Miller was an African American businesswoman and educator, as well as the first woman to build and operate a movie theater in Arkansas.
Arkansas native Dorothy McFadden Hoover was a pioneer in the field of aeronautical mathematics and research.
Arkansas native Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of gospel music’s first superstars. She has been cited as an influence by several musicians including Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
Maria Christina Moroles is the founder of Santuario Arco Iris, an intentional land community in Ponca designed specifically as a “sacred land space” for marginalized women and children of color.
Joycelyn Elders was director of the Arkansas Department of Health and the U.S. surgeon general in President Bill Clinton’s administration.
Evangeline K. Brown was a longtime educator and activist in the Arkansas Delta who served as a plaintiff in a lawsuit that helped create new majority Black districts for the Arkansas House of Representatives and the Arkansas Senate.
Organizations around the state are celebrating Women’s History Month with a variety of in-person and virtual events throughout March.
Educator, author and lecturer Daisy Graham Anderson is best known for being one of the last surviving widows of the American Civil War.
Elizabeth “Quatie” Ross was the first wife of Cherokee chief John Ross. She traveled through Arkansas on the Trail of Tears.
Former Ebony and Jet Magazine owner Linda Johnson Rice is the featured speaker at a virtual Women’s History Event hosted by UAPB tonight.
Edith Irby Jones was the first African American accepted at any medical school in the South. She graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School.
Juanita Jackson Mitchell was a pioneering African-American attorney who was the first Black woman to practice law in Maryland.
Edomae Boone Watson was a prominent African-American civic and education leader in Jonesboro who helped develop the Head Start program in the city.
Florence Price was the first African-American female composer to have a symphonic composition performed by a major American symphony orchestra.