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America’s Women LEADers

America’s women are the backbone of our country and have played a dramatic role in shaping and preserving the American Dream. Their advances and disadvantages through history continue to drastically impact our nation. In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked the women of LEAD what female leaders inspire them in their lives. 

Women LEADers

Sally Ride – The first American woman in space, Sally Ride made strides for aspiring women astronauts and women within science and technology industries. Ride ensured that young women and little girls no longer had to wonder if their dream of going into space was possible. With the right amount of hard work and dedication, women can break the barrier into the outer world.  

Harriet Tubman – Harriet Tubman is credited with helping free hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad. Her life and selfless character have inspired countless women and disadvantaged Americans throughout history to challenge the impossible. 

Katie Couric – Katie Couric is known as one of the few female voices who brought current events and breaking news into homes across the nation. Sitting as a solo anchor, Couric’s nightly news show was in her control — and this marked the first time a woman held the position. She has gone on to appear and host a variety of television shows. Through her groundbreaking achievement, people saw the news from a new perspective, changing the way information was broadcasted for future generations.

Amelia Earhart – Both in the sky and here on Earth, Amelia Earhart made progress for aspiring female pilots. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, proving women’s capabilities in the pilot seat. She is credited by many pilots as the reason why they decided to fly, continuing to serve as an inspiration to women across the nation. 

Condoleezza Rice – Condoleezza Rice was appointed as Secretary of State in 2004, making her the first Black woman to hold the well sought-after seat. Rice represented the United States in groundbreaking conversations across the globe and her legacy continues to resonate with aspiring public servants. 

Susan B. Anthony – Susan B. Anthony dedicated her life to fighting for women. Through her advocacy of the 19thAmendment, women gained the right to vote and have their voices heard through civic engagement, ensuring policies were enacted for women to achieve their American Dream. 

These women undoubtedly changed the trajectory of America. They serve as an inspiration for women to achieve their own dreams and fight for the rights of others. 

What female leader inspires you? Share your story with us here: https://leadamerica.org/share-your-story/