CMG Worldwide celebrates Women’s History Month, recognizing the great contributions that women have made in American history. CMG has represented hundreds of remarkable women. Below are just a few of the women CMG represents that have left their mark on history. Help honor these extraordinary women by learning about their accomplishments.
Dr. Maya Angelou
As an American author, poet, and memoirist, Maya Angelou was an impactful civil rights leader who collaborated with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X during the Civil Rights Movement. She is best known for her series of biographies and has even recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. Her compassion, activism, and leadership has continued to inspire since her passing in 2014.
Hedy Lamarr was a symbol for both beauty and intellect. Aside from her career as an actress in a number of chart topping films, Lamarr developed a radio guidance system for American torpedoes during World War II. The principles in her work is incorporated in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology. Her brilliance and innovation on and off the big screen have had a lasting impact on film and technology.
After going for a plane ride in 1920, Amelia Earhart developed a passion for aviation and not only became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean but also the first person to traverse the Atlantic and Pacific. She set many other records and wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences. Earhart was instrumental in the formation of an organization for female pilots, a member of the National Woman’s Party, and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. Her courage and pioneering spirit allowed her to break barriers.
Josephine Baker was a dancer and singer who dedicated much of her life to fighting racism. Baker was the first person of color to become a worldwide entertainer and to star in a major motion picture. She was celebrated by artists and intellects of the era for her talent and involvement in social issues. Her grace and devotion to activism solidifies her in entertainment history.
Rosa Parks, born February 4, 1913, was an activist in the United States’ Civil Rights Movement. She was primarily known for her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger after the whites-only section was filled. U.S. Congress has referred to her as the “First Lady of Civil Rights” and “The Mother of the Freedom Movement.” Parks passed away on October 24, 2005.
Tammie Jo Shults
Tammie Jo Shults was one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots in the United States Navy, after overcoming several obstacles due to her gender. After concluding her Navy career, she became a pilot for Southwest Airlines. Tammie Jo’s incredible history and talent received wide acclaim on April 17, 2018, after she successfully landed a Southwest Boeing 737 following the failure of an engine fan blade, with debris causing damage to the fuselage and side window, thus causing the plane to rapidly decompress. This unfortunate incident resulted in the death of one passenger, but Tammie Jo and her crew are credited with saving hundreds of other passengers with their calm and precise actions.
Ingrid Bergman starred in some of the biggest films of Hollywood’s Golden Age including June Night, Casablanca, and Gaslight. She became a symbol of cinema and “the ideal of American womanhood.”
Bessie Coleman was most notably known for being the first woman of African-American descent and of Native American descent to hold a pilot’s license. A civil aviator, she earned her international license in 1921 and even became an airshow pilot, wowing onlookers and displaying her skills.
Marian Anderson was one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century. She was able to overcome racial prejudice and was the first black person to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2020, Anderson will be featured on the redesigned $5 bill alongside Eleanor Roosevelt.
Sally Ride soared into history as the first American woman to fly in space. She became a symbol of the ability of women to shatter barriers. She was also a physicist, a coauthor of science books for young people, and an inspirational advocate for science education.
Born without legs, one would think Jen Bricker would be destined for a life of hardship. However, the hand of destiny brought her an amazing adoptive family, who gave her one simple rule, “Never say can’t” and helped her forge a life of triumph, not tragedy. As a child, Jen was obsessed with gymnastics, and her idol was Olympic gold-medalist Dominique Moceanu. Seemingly against all odds, Jen went on to compete against able-bodied athletes, and became a State Champion in power tumbling.
An acclaimed actor and author, Ruby Dee graced the stage and screen for more than seventy years. Although born in Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Dee considered herself a product of Harlem, where she grew up and began her career as a member of the American Negro Theatre. She received her B.A. from Hunter College, and later studied acting with Paul Mann, Lloyd Richards, and Morris Carnovsky. In 1988, Ms. Dee was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. With Mr. Davis, she was inducted into the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame, awarded the Silver Circle Award by the Academy of Television Arts and Science, the National Medal of Arts Award, and the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In December 2004, Ms. Dee and Mr. Davis were recipients of the John F. Kennedy Center Honors.
Best known for her roles in Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, The Searchers, and West Side Story, Natalie Wood received three Academy Award nominations before the age of 25.
Often referred to as the Queen of Pinups, Bettie Page was an immensely popular model in the 1950s. Today, her black hair and blue eyes remain iconic and continue to influence pop culture.
Ginger Rogers was an actress, dancer, and singer who found tremendous success both in film and on the Broadway stage. Her work with Fred Astaire was seen to revolutionize the musical film genre. Ginger Rogers is considered an American icon being so influential during Hollywood’s Golden Age.
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