WRITING CONTEST: WOMEN IN HISTORY

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WRITE A ONE PAGE ESSAY ON A WOMEN IN HISTORY

  • Include details on her childhood/background
  • What did she achieve?
  • What obstacles did she have to overcome to reach her goals?
  • What character trait made her a success?
  • Why is her achievement important?
  • What can you learn from her life?

Of course you can write about Susan B. Anthony or Madame C.J. Walker if you choose( We have posts about them on the blog.

Or you can choose another women to write about. Click on the links for a good resource on Women in History

TFK Women’s in History

Women Of Our Time

Good luck! Prizes and Podcasts of the best pieces.

You may blog final essays here or hand them in to Ms. Broderick by Thursday the 29th

19 responses

  1. RUBY BRIDGES BY MICHAEL BOOKER

    RUBY BRIDGES CHILDHOOD WAS GOOD. THEY DID NOT HAVE A LOT OF
    MONEY. BLACK AND WHITE PEOPLE WERE NOT TOGETHER. THEY WERE
    SEPARTE.
    IN 196O THE LAW THAT PEOPLE, BLACK AND WHITE KIDS HAD TO GO THE
    SAME SCHOOLS.
    RUBY TOOK A TEST AND SHE SENT TO A WHITE SCHOOL THE WILLIAM
    FRANTZ PUBLICH SCHOOL
    HER MOTHER WANTED HER TO GO THE WHITE SCHOOL BUT HER FATHER
    DID NOT WANT HER TO GO.

    WHEN SHE WENT TO THAT SCHOOL SHE SAW AN ANGRY MOB. THEY
    WERE ANGRY BECAUSE A BLACK GIRL WAS IN AN ALL WHITE SCHOOL.
    ONE TIME THIS WHITE WOMEN SAI D SHE WAS GOING TO CHOKE HER
    AND MAKE HER DIE. THEY HAD A BLACK DOLL IN A COFFIN AND SAID
    THAT WAS GOING TO EE HER.
    SHE WAS IN DANGER SO MUCH SO THAT SHE WAS TAKE N TO SCHOOL BY
    SOLDIERS.

    RUBY WAS A VERY SMART GIRL SHE WAS BRAVE SHE DID NOT LIKE TO
    FIGHT. SHE WAS PEACEFUL EVEN THE WHITE PEOPLE WHO HATED HER.

    WHEN THE ANGRY MOB DID BAD THINGS TO HER SHE JUST PRAYED FOR
    THEM. IN THE SCHOOL SHE HAD A GOOD TEACHER AND SHE GOT GOOD
    REPORT CARDS.

    IF THIS HAD BEEN ME I WOULD HAVE TRIED TO DO THE SAME THING
    THAT RUBY DID. I WOULD HAVE PRAYED FOR THE PEOPLE WHO
    WERE TRYING TO HURT ME.

    SHE NEEDED A LOT OF COURAGE TO DO WHAT SHE DID. NOW BLACK AND
    WHITE PEOPLE CAN GO TO THE SAME SCHOOLS AND THINGS HAVE
    GOTTEN BETTER FOR BLACK PEOPLE.

    I CHOSE TO WRITE ABOUT HER BECAUSE SHE INSPIRE ME AND MAKES ME
    WANT TO BE JUST LIKE HER.

    March 27, 2007 at 10:38 am

  2. SUSAN B. ANTHONY BY ERIC
    SUSAN WAS BORN FEB. 15TH 1820 IN MASS.
    SUSAN COULD NOT PLAY WITH TOYS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.HER FATHER WANTE HER
    TO LEARN. WHEN SHE WENT TO SCHOOL THE TEACHER REFUSED TO TEACH HER
    MATH BECAUSE SHE WAS GIRL. I THINK THAT THE TEACHER WOULD
    NOT TEACH HER BECAUSE HE DID NOT THINK WOMEN WERE EQUAL.
    WOMEN WER NOT ALLOWED TO VOTE.
    SUSAN’S FATHER STARTED HIS OWN SCHOOL IN HIS HOUSE SO THEY COULD
    LEARN. IF HE DIDN’T SPEND TO SET UP THE SCHOOL AND EDUCATE
    SUSAN SHE WOULD NOT HAVE BECOME A WOMEN WHO FOUGHT SO
    THAT WOMAN COULD VOTE.

    WHEN SUSAN BECAME A WOMAN SHE FOUGHT TO END SLAVERY. PEOPLE
    WHO WANTED TO END SLAVERY WAS CALLED ABOLISHIONIST. WHEN
    SLAVERY ENDED SHE STARTS TO FIGHT FOR WOMENS RIGHT TO VOTE.
    SHE WAS ARRESTED IN 1872 WHEN SHE TRIED TO VOTE.

    WHAT SHE DID IN HER LIFE WAS SHE HELPED END SLAVERY AND SHE GOT
    WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

    SUSAN FATHER BELIEVED IN HER SHE DID GREAT THINGS.
    I THINK THIS SHOWS THAT IF PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL EVEN IF THEY ARE WOMEN
    THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO GREAT THINGS.

    March 27, 2007 at 10:42 am

  3. By Desmin
    Madame C. J. Walker was born to parents who were slaves. Her real name was Sarah Breedlove . Her parents died passed when she was 7 years old from Yellow fever. Her and her 10 year old sister worked on the farm to live but they could not make it and had to go to the city. When she was fourteen she married somebody so she could get away from her abusive sister’ s husband.
    She married Moses McWilliams and had a daughter. Her husband died in an accident. She was alone again and working hard.

    She begins to lose her hair and she goes in her kitchen and opens her counters and experiment with making something really good that will grow her hair back.
    She did it and now she sold her stuff to everyone.

    She became a millionaire and bought a big house. With her money she helped other people. She gave the money to start black schools and YWCA and YMCA.

    She was one of the first women business women and she helped people.

    March 27, 2007 at 10:31 am

  4. Jacob

    I chose to Write about Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks was a great women. She grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. Alabama was part of the segregated south. Blacks were not treated well. Rosa helped to spark the Civil Rights movement that would end segregation by standing up for her rights.
    The south was a place where everything was segregated even buses. Black people had to give up their seat to white people. This was just one of many racist laws in the south at that time.
    When Rosa refused to give up her seat and gets arrested she help to start up Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King plans a bus boycott. No one is to ride the buses until the law changes.
    King and Rosa win the boycott after a year. The law changes now black citiziens can sit where they want to.
    Because of this brave woman, Rosa Parks, now racism begins to end in our courntry

    March 29, 2007 at 11:51 am

  5. Giovanni O.

    Amelia Earhart was a women pilot at a time when women had not many rights. She was flying planes when flight was new to. There were no women doing these kinds of things at the time. Women had just gotten the right to vote and were not treated equal to men. She was the first women to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
    The major obstacle she had to over come was the way people treated women, they were not treated fairly and people did not believe they can do the same things as men.
    I think Amelia was very brave flying planes at a time when women did not do this and when flying planes was still new and very dangerous. She must have believed in herself. From her life I have learned to believe in myself and not follow others. She stood alone and was successful.

    In her final flight.In 1937 Amelia Earhart attempted an around-the-world flight. Flying a custom-built plane. The plane crashed and was never found till this day.

    Amelia Earhart has inspired generations of women to do things that had never been done before. She was a great pilot and women who helped women realize they could do anything.

    March 29, 2007 at 12:08 pm

  6. Alvon

    Madame C.J. Walker was the first black women to earn 1 million dollars. She did this by selling a hair product that helped grow hair for African American women. This is what made her rich. But what really made her rich was hard work.
    One thing you can learn from Madame C.J. Walker is that you should not give up on your dreams no matter what. This is what I learn from her life. Because her life was hard. She was born when slavery just ended. She was the first free child born in her family in 1867. Slavery ended in 1865. Madame C. J. walker never gave up even though her parents died when she was 7 years old and she had to live on her on at the age of 7. She had many other bad things happen to her. She was beaten by her sisters husband and her own husband died leaving her with a daughter to raise by herself. Madame Walker worked hard and was a success not matter what happened to her. She started a business that other women could work in. This was when women had few rights and no way to make real money.
    When she was rich she gave money to help everyone. She gave 1000 dollars to start a black YMCA and YWCA. She fought for womens rights and the rights of all black people She made women have respect for themselves.
    She always said that she gave herself her own start, and got where she was through hard work. She was a great women.

    March 29, 2007 at 2:21 pm

  7. Munoz

    NOT ALL AMERICANS HAD THE RIGHT TO VOTE BEFORE 1920. IF YOU WERE A WOMAN YOU COULD NOT VOTE. IT WAS ILLEGAL TO VOTE BEFORE THE EARLY 1900’S IT WAS ILLEGAL FOR YOU TO CAST A BALLOT AND DOING SO COULD HAVE LANDED YOU IN JAIL.
    ONE GREAT AMERICAN FOUGHT LONG AND HARD FOR WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE. SUSAN B. ANTHONY .

    March 29, 2007 at 2:25 pm

  8. malakhi

    Susan B. Anthony is born Feb 15, 1820 Massuchettts. Women were not allowed to vote . They were not allowed to go to college. Susan b. Anthony wanted to change this. She never gave up She worked her whole to get women the right to vote. She never even had her own family or married. She worked all the time to get the vote for women. In 1896 She started a newspaper call the revolution to help change things, but it seemed like nothing changed. Wyoming was the first state for ladies to vote. in 1906 Susan b. Anthony died Women did not the right to vote until 1920. She was the main reason women got the right to vote.

    March 29, 2007 at 2:51 pm

  9. By Emanuel

    Rosa was not a bad lady. She was fighting for what she believed in. She wanted black people to be treated fairly. She wanted them to be able to sit anywhere in the bus not just the back.
    Rosa was arrested for not giving up her seat. It was December she had come from work, her feet were tired. She had been through this before. She did not want to have to stand. So she said no and the bus driver got the cops and she was arrested. That started the Montgomery Bus Boycott. They wanted the law changed so they could sit anywhere No black person road the bus. The bus company was losing money and going to go out of business.
    Then they won, the law changed and black were allowed to sit anywhere they wanted to.
    She accomplished somehting great. I think she was a great lady and a caring person who helped change the world.

    March 29, 2007 at 7:45 pm

  10. by Mark
    Harriet Tubman was a slave she ran away to the north to freedom. But she did something special she went back to the south/ Maryland and rescued her friends and family from slavery. She was a conductor on the Underground railroad. The people had to hide in different houses and places traveling north. Harriet was bringing them to the real world, where they could be free and get some fresh air.
    Her job here was very dangerous she could have been killed if they found her helping slaves escape on the Underground railroad. She helped free over 300 hundred slaves. She also helped Lincon and his troops fight the Civil war by being a spy.
    I think what makes Harriet great is that Harriet was free her problem was solved She could have just lived her own life. But she went back to help others. This women was not selfish she could have been killed at anytime. Harriet Tubman was a great women who risked her life so that others could be free.

    March 29, 2007 at 7:58 pm

  11. Alvin

    Sarah Breedlove was the daughter of a former slave. She married at the age of 14 and became Sarah McWilliams. Sarah moved to St. Louis MIssouri. There she became a washerwoman and went to school at night.
    Sarah had a dream, she dreamed of a cure for her hair loss She made a cure and started a business. She moved her businesss to Denver. In 1905 she married a newspaper man named Charles Walker. She began calling herself Madame C. J. Walker. She became famous for her hair care products. She is know for inventing the pressing comb and a conditioner for straightening hair.

    March 30, 2007 at 8:32 am

  12. Augusta Savage

    A Fighter for Black Artists
    by Naquan

    At the age of six Augusta first started modeling clay figures her father who was a minister objected. When she was in high school she was allowed to teach the other students how to clay model. She enjoyed teaching but but wanted to learn more about art herself.
    She went to New York’s Çooper Union art school. There she became one of the first women to study sculpture.
    Augusta had a problem she was so poor she was almost forced to drop out. But the schoo’s teachers l was so impressed with her talent they gave her help. In 1930 Augusta won a scholarship to study in France. When she returned to Harlem she opened her own school of arts and crafts. Where she taught young people free of charge.

    March 30, 2007 at 8:39 am

  13. Oprah Winfrey
    By Jeremiah
    Oprah’s childhood was difficult . Her parents separated and Oprah was sensitive and got into trouble.
    But she was a success she was an anchor on the evening news and bought her own talk show. She had done many good things and made good shows like The Women of Brewster” She is the heart of African- American television.

    March 30, 2007 at 8:46 am

  14. Xavier b.

    Martha Washington was our first first lady. She was married to George Washington. She had limited education. She was the daughter of a Virginia plantation owner called a squire.
    She was married before George Washington to Colonel Daniel Parker Custis and had children.
    Martha help George be the president of our country.

    March 30, 2007 at 8:49 am

  15. Lamiak
    Zora Neale Hurston

    She was an African American Writer who was born in 1903 and died in 1960.Writers to this day admire and love her writing and storytelling. She died poor and unknown but read great books we still have. She was very curious and her father warned her as a child that it would get her into troupble. That white folks would not stand for it. But her mother told her to”jump for the sun” and that is just what she did.
    Zora loved to listen to stories on the backporch of the general store. She learned folk tales there all about the south and these stories influenced her writing.

    March 30, 2007 at 8:54 am

  16. Eric
    Anne Mary Robertson Moses is better known as grandma moses to americans. Her story is unique as she did not sell a painting until she was 78 years old. At the age of eighty she was a very successful artist and her painting became very popular.
    She did not have time to paint when she was young, she worked on the farm and raised children but when she was an old lady she painted and everyone liked them.

    March 30, 2007 at 8:58 am

  17. By Anor
    Coretta Scott King grew up the second of three children ina fairly well to do home in Alabama. Coretta was a good student. She was good at music. She Met Martin Luther King jr and married him in 1953. He got involved in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and he helped end Segregtion and get black people their rights.
    Coretta always stood by his side supporting him Even when they bombed their home Corretta was strong.
    After he was killed she kept doing his work and helping people to get their rights.

    March 30, 2007 at 9:03 am

  18. Susan B. Anthony
    By Brian
    She got women the vote. She got arrested once for trying to vote. She fought against slavery too. She helped a lot of people. Women can vote because of her.

    March 30, 2007 at 9:14 am

  19. By Eric L.
    Rosa Parks was the women who made our country better by not giving up her seat
    Rosa Parks was a good and helpful person. If it were not for Rosa and others like her the lives of African Americans would be horrible. The buses were segregated when Rosa was young everything was segregated. She would not give up her seat. She broke the law. But I think it was a mean and selfish and racist law.
    Rosa Parks went to jail just to fight to change the law and to change our contry. She and many others risked their lives for other people.
    The stuff I learn about Rosa is that it is best to be helpfu, and loving to other people. Don’t just think of yourself. From Rosa I think we learn to be a help to everyone is important.

    March 30, 2007 at 9:21 am

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