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5 Influential Women, of the 1920s

Updated on May 26, 2014


Prier to the 1920s, the woman’s role was to take care of the family and home. This would mean, making sure the laundry was washed, folded and put away. The children where bathed, had dinner, and where asleep. The house was clean, and orderly. As well as making sure, dinner was cooked, and remained warm, until there husbands got home from work. But during the 1920s women would be given the right to vote, which allowed women to quest further than any other time history. This would include allowing women to finally be able, to make a difference, in all sorts of various ways. Not every women was behind the decision of leaving the family, and home. But for thous who were brave enough to venture out of there farm homes, and into the city life. Would find themselves capable of working, and attend colleges or universities. This would forever change history, and the world as we now know it.

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, "She doesn't have what it takes." They will say, "Women don't have what it takes." ~Clare Boothe Luce

1) Bessie Coleman

Elizabeth Bessie Coleman, is an influential women in more way's than one, to fully understand her influence upon history, we must first turn to, Bessie's childhood. Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman, was born January 26, 1892, as the tenth of thirteen children to sharecroppers. Her father was George Coleman, a Cherokee, and her mother Susan Coleman was an African-American. When Bessie was two years old, her family had moved to Waxahachie, Texas. While there she attended a one-room school-house, four miles from her home.Despite the lengthy walk, Bessie had excelled as a math student, and gained a passion for reading. Bessie would complete all eight grades and would quest for further knowledge if the opportunity had arise. At the age of 23, Bessie had moved in with her brother, in Chicago Illinois. Where she worked at the White Sox Barber Shop as a manicurist. While working there Bessie had heard stories of pilots returning home from WWI. This left Bessie questing for the sky's, although there was no American Flight schools available to African-American decent at that time. However that would not crush Bessie's dream, in any form or way.

Instead Bessie,was given a grant from Jesse Bing, a financial backer. This allowed Bessie, to attend the Berlitz School in Chicago, where she learned how to speak French. After her studies, Bessie went on to the International Federation of Aeronautics, in Paris France. While in France, Bessie learned how to fly in a Nieuport Type 82, a type of racing/fighting plane equipped with 9 cylinders. This would allow Bessie to become the first African-American women, to earn an aviation pilots license. Although this was her dream, during the 1920s there was not a need for commercial pilots. So Bessie, would soon go into airshow as Queen Bees. One day as Bessie was in an airshow, the plane failed to pull out of a dive, instead it had spun. This had caused Bessie, to get thrown from the plane, to her death 2,000 feet below. Bessie will forever be a hero, for her courage and bravery to break barrier's and to go where no other African-American women, had gone before.

2)Harriet Chalmers Adams

The next influential women, is notorious for her thrill of exploration, as well as her cunning lectures. This charming young lady was Harriet Chalmers Adams. In 1904, Harriet embarked upon a three-year adventure, around South America. Upon these travel's, Harriet would explore twenty various frontiers, that no other women had traveled before. Another travel that Harriet had embarked upon, was the trail of Christopher Columbus's, and his adventures to America. Following her return, Harriet had excepted a job from Harper's Magazine company, that out of Europe. This job involved Harriet, going to the trenches of the World War I battlefields. This would allow Harriet, to become the first women to report from inside the fields, war reporter. Harriet, had got her report and returned home safely. To only be offered a more successful reporting job, this time for National Geographic. While working for Natural Geographic, Harriet had managed to write twenty-one articles. About her ventures through Surinam, Bolivia, Peru, Trinidad, and the trans-Andean railroad. We can truly say Harriet had broken women barriers, and became a successful influence to all women. She not only toughened through the trenches of war. But achieved braking the normality, of women who did not travel.

3) Marie Baldwin

Marie Baldwin was born in 1863, to a Cherokee father, Jean Baptiste, Marie's mother was Marguerite Renville, and of African-American decent. Marie was the first Native American, as well as the first women of color, to graduate from Washington College of law.

After Marie had graduated, she would work for the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. Which is a responsible for 55,700,000 acres of land held within trust by the United States. This land is for Native Americans in the United States, Native American Tribes, and Alaska Natives. She was also an officer in the Society of American Indians, under President Theodore Roosevelt. Marie is influential, for being the first Native American women to attend a University.

4) Hazel Wightman

Hazel Wightman, became an influence was through nothing more than fate . To understand what I mean, I must take you into Hazel's childhood, and through the obstacles that made her life. Hazel was born in December , of 1886, in Berkeley, California. Growing up, Helen enjoyed spending her leisure time with a tennis ball, and a racket. Day, after day, Hazel would practice batting the ball against the house, without any effort, Helen never let the ball drop. Building, a perfect talent volleying, with as easier movement styles involved.

Latter in life, Hazel had used her skills to take part in the Paris Olympics in 1924. While in Paris, Hazel had won 2 Gold Medals. Throughout Hazel's 68 years of competing she had won 45 U.S titles, along with 16 titles at U.S Championships. For these deed's Hazel is highly admired, and will forever be an influential women.

5) Frances Ethel Gumn / Judy Garland

Most know Frances Ethel Gumn, as Judy Garland, or notoriously as Dorothy, from The Wizard of OZ. Judy, had many battle's within herself, she was very unhappy with her physical appearance. These emotions only worsened with time, as movie director's would criticize her look's and often tried to change her appearance for movies. On top of Judy's physical un-contentment , Judy would often find herself in financial problems, unsuccessful marriages, and she often struggled with addiction.

Despite of these situation's Judy, had went on to successfully make two-dozen movies, through MGM. Her most famous movie, will forever be the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz. This is not only, what made Judy Garland Successful, but what placed her upon the influential woman's list.

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