Diversity Committee Celebrates Women’s History Month

Shirley Jackson is the former head of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where she reaffirmed the agency’s commitment to public health and safety. She is the first female African American to receive a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Jackson’s outstanding leadership in education, science, and public policy demonstrates the capability of women to be leaders in the field of science and technology.

Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson

Diversity Committee Honors Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Diversity Committee presents Little Known Women’s History Facts: 

  • Maya Lin, a Chinese American, who was born in Athens, Ohio in 1959, became the architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  After entering a public design competition for the design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Maya Lin’s entry, one of 1,441 was chosen. She was only 21 years old when she designed the monument.
  • At age 47, Gertrude Boyle (b. 1925) became the president of Columbia Sportswear Company. Today Columbia Sportswear Company is a leading seller of outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment with annual sales of more than $1 billion.
  • Fanny Workman (1859 – 1925) was the first woman mountaineer to climb over 23,000 feet on Nun Kun in the Himalayas in 1906. Her record was unbroken until 1934. Workman obtained several women’s altitude records and championed women’s rights and women’s suffrage.



Little Known Women’s History Facts

In honor of Women’s History Month,  the Diversity Committee presents Little Known Women’s History Facts:

  • The first woman to run for U.S. president was Victoria Woodhull, who campaigned for the office in 1872 under the National Woman’s Suffrage Association. While women would not be granted the right to vote by a constitutional amendment for nearly 50 years, there were no laws prohibiting one from running for the chief executive position.
  • Queen Victoria ruled one of the largest empires in the history of the world, at one point controlling land on nearly every continentThis included countries like India, Australia, Egypt, Kenya, Canada, and British Guiana promoting the saying that the sun never sets on the British empire.
  • Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run and finish the Boston Marathon in 1966. Of course, she didn’t get official credit for it, as women were not allowed to enter the race until 1972, but her wins, in ’66, ’67 and ’68 seriously challenged long-held beliefs about the athletic prowess of women.