Anna Howard Shaw, women’s rights advocate
Feb. 14, 1847-July 2, 1919
A Voice From the Wilderness: The Story of Anna Howard Shaw by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)
Based on her autobiography, this story of Shaw traces her life from childhood to adulthood. A teacher, then a doctor, Shaw became active in the women’s suffrage movement.
A biography and photo of Shaw are available at the National Women’s History Museum.
Frederick Douglass, African American, writer, statesman, social reformer
b. February, 1820
d. February 20, 1895
Susan B. Anthony, women’s rights activist
b. February 15, 1820
d. March 13, 1906
FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM: THE STORY OF SUSAN B. ANTHONY AND FREDERICK DOUGLASS
by Suzanne Slade
illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Summary: No one thought Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass would ever become friends. The former slave and the outspoken woman came from two different worlds. But they shared deep-seated beliefs in equality and the need to fight for it. Despite naysayers, hecklers, and even arsonists, Susan and Frederick became fast friends and worked together to change America.
Learn more about Susan B. Anthony at the website for the Susan B. Anthony house.
Learn more about Frederick Douglass through National Park Service National Historic site. And at this site dedicated to Frederick Douglass.
Margaret E. Knight, Inventor, woman
b. February 14, 1838
d. Oct. 12, 1914
Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor (F,S&G, 2006)
by Emily Arnold McCully
With her sketchbook labeled My Inventions
and her father’s toolbox, Mattie could make almost anything – toys,
sleds, and a foot warmer. When she was just twelve years old, Mattie
designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off textile
looms and injuring workers. As an adult, Mattie invented the machine
that makes the square-bottom paper bags we still use today. However, in
court, a man claimed the invention was his, stating that she “could not
possibly understand the mechanical complexities.” Marvelous Mattie
proved him wrong, and over the course of her life earned the title of
“the Lady Edison.”
b. February 14, 1859
d. November 22, 1896
WHO INVENTED THE FERRIS WHEEL? GEORGE FERRIS
by Sara Latta
“Let’s go for a spin! Lots of people have ridden on Ferris Wheels, but
do you know who invented the first one? Learn about George Ferris’s life
and the first Ferris Wheel ever built. Make your own miniature Ferris
The Chicago History Museum has additional information about the first Ferris While.
Katherine Stinson Otero, aviator
Feb. 14, 1891-July 8, 1977
Katherine Stinson Otero, High Flyer by Neila Skinner Petrick, illustrated by Daggi Wallace (Pelican, 2006)
flyer, indeed. Stinson was the fourth woman in the U.S. to earn a
pilot’s license and performed throughout the world. But when she was
denied permission to fly for the armed services in WWI, she raised money
for the effort by flying in exhibitions.
The New Mexico Centennial posts a bio of Stinson on their site.