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A presentation for Women Studies 101. Explains the significance of four 20th century American women. Those women are Margaret Sanger, Rosa Parks, Debbie Harry, and Sally Ride.

A presentation for Women Studies 101. Explains the significance of four 20th century American women. Those women are Margaret Sanger, Rosa Parks, Debbie Harry, and Sally Ride.


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  • 1. The Modern woman
    Women of the 20th Century that shaped our modern world.
  • 2. Sept. 14, 1879 – Sept. 6, 1966
    Born July 1, 1945
    Feb. 4, 1913 – Oct. 24, 2005
    Born May 26, 1951
  • 3. Margaret Sanger
  • 4. Her Background
    Margaret was born on September 14, 1879 in Corning, New York
    The sixth of eleven children
    She attended Claverack College and Hudson River Institute in 1896
    Then entered the nursing program at White Plains Hospital in 1900.
  • 5.
  • 6. Breaking Boundaries
    Sanger began challenging the 1873 federal Comstock law, the law that banned the distribution of contraceptive information.
    In March 1914, Sanger published the first issue of The Woman Rebel, a radical feminist monthly that advocated the right to practice birth control.
  • 7.
  • 8. Fighting the Status Quo
    She was arrested several times.
    Margaret was involved with
    The American Birth Control League
    The Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau
    And what is now known as Planned Parenthood
  • 9. Achievements
    Credited for coining the term “Birth Control”
    Founded the first Birth Control Clinics in the United States
    In 1927 Sanger helped organize the first World Population Conference in Geneva. In 1942, after several organizational mergers and name changes, Planned Parenthood Federation came into being.
  • 10. Rosa Parks
  • 11. Her Background
    Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913
    At age 7, she witnessed her first KKK demonstration
    Work quietly for years with the NAACP
    Her bus incident introduced the world to Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 12.
  • 13. Rosa and the NAACP
    She was one of only two women to join the Montgomery charter.
    After nine years of marriage to Raymond Parks, she joined as secretary
    The NAACP fought for the rights of Africans regardless of gender
  • 14. Breaking Boundaries
    • December 1,1955 Rosa was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus.
    • 15. The first African American female case to make it to the Supreme Court
  • Breaking Boundaries cont.
    Boycotted the local bus companies
    Used her color and gender to bring attention to color Segregation
    Served on the Christians Leadership Council under US Representative John Conyers
  • 16.
  • 17. Being a True Woman
    She was a leader working from within the NAACP
    Embraced the life of being a devout Christian and Wife
    Inspired women black or white to stand for equality
  • 18. Accomplishments
    • In June of 1999, she was the received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Clinton
    • 19. In December of 2000, the Rosa Parks Library and museum was opened
  • Deborah “Debbie” Harry
  • 20. Her Background
    Born July 1, 1945
    Attended College, during the women’s liberation movement.
    Strong influence andeditoron a underground magazine called Punk.
    One of the most influential Female artist
  • 21.
  • 22. Defying the Status Quo
    Was one of the first females to front in a Punk Band
    A pioneer in fashion, embracing her beauty and using it to her advantage
    Helped women penetrate the male dominated punk scene
  • 23.
  • 24. Finding her Passion
    Debbie had a variety of jobs before becoming an icon
    Worked as a secretary at a Playboy club in New York
    Was a waitress for several years
    Fronted a folk style band before founding her band Blondie
  • 25. Leading the way
    With the help of her friends, Joan Jett and Patty Smith, Debbie pushed the door open for women vocalist
    Her Bold and unique style catapulted her to iconic status, as well as allow future artist to express their own uniqueness
    Some inspired artists
  • 26. Leading cont.
    Pushed her punk and new wave sound into the mainstream
    Help to make places like C.B.G.B. and Maxx’s Kansas City landmark places
  • 27. Accomplishments
    Worked closely with and funded AIDS/HIV research
    Pushed saving the arts, such as music in schools
    Harry entered the Guinness Book of World Record for “Oldest female singer to reach No. 1 on the UK charts”
    Make-up line through MAC
  • 28. Being a True Woman
    Used her gender to show strength, beauty, sex appeal, and talent
    Bending normal gender roles by leading a punk band
    Remained feminine while being a leader and pioneer
  • 29. Sally Ride
  • 30. Her Background
    Born May 21 1951, in Encino, California
    After graduating high school, she attended Stanford and earn a Masters and Ph. D
    First American woman in Space
  • 31.
  • 32. Breaking Boundaries
    Joined NASA in 1978, which was a male dominated field
    With her Ph. D she became a Professor in San Diego
    Every thing she did pushed normal boundaries for women
  • 33.
  • 34. Inspiration
    Sally was able to show women that they did not have to settle in life, they could accomplish anything
    Impacted many lives by showing a women can do anything, just as easily as men could
  • 35. Crossing gender boundaries
    Displayed the same qualities as her male counter parts
    Trained to be a NASA officer, one of a few women to ever do so
    Taught as a physics professor, normally male dominated
  • 36. Honors and Achievements
    • First and youngest Female American in space
    • 37. Inducted in the California Hall of Fame
    • 38. There Has been a elementary school named after her
    • 39. Honored with the Jefferson award for Public Service
    • 40. Has earned many Honors from NASA
  • Our 20th century women of significance
    Thank You