“The Daughters of Yalta” by Catherine Grace Katz gives readers a backstage glimpse of history by detailing the roles of three daughters of key participants in the Yalta Conference of 1945. The book includes memoirs, diaries, and oral histories of the women who were caregivers, housekeepers, and keepers of family secrets while the world leaders negotiated a hopeful future. The author takes readers behind the scenes to see what it’s like to be sitting on the sidelines of history. Additionally, the book highlights the achievements of women in different fields such as hiking, animal behavior, astronomy, and computer programming. Women have accomplished great feats throughout history, and their stories continue to inspire us.
Celebrating Women’s Achievements Through History
Women have been participants in much of history that has gone unnoticed, but their accomplishments and stories continue to inspire us. The month designated for the celebration of women’s achievements may not be enough, as the history of women is vast and ongoing. This article highlights the accomplishments of a few women who have made significant contributions in different fields.
Emma Gatewood, a 67-year-old mother of nine, is an inspiration to many. She hiked down the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail not just once but three times, beginning in 1955. She did it without any fancy equipment, guidebooks, tents, or GPS systems. Her story brought needed attention to the trail and made it much more than just a remote footpath in the woods. “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” by Ben Montgomery details her inspiring story.
Temple Grandin overcame obstacles throughout her life. Doctors claimed she had brain damage as a child because she was non-verbal until the age of four. Later diagnosed with autism, Temple never let herself be labeled. Her work with animals made huge impacts when she designed more humane ways to handle livestock. Today, she is an author, scientist, livestock industry designer, and animal behavior specialist. Her latest book “Visual Thinking” sheds light on different styles of learning and the value of hands-on education.
Women were forging the way at the foundations of science, math, and technology even before the latest push for girls to enter these fields. In the 1880s, a group of women paved the way for the brand-new field of astronomy by reading the data after it was captured on glass photography plates. This tedious work was considered too menial for men. However, the women spent so much time observing the sky that they expanded the knowledge of stars and astronomy. Science reporter and author Dava Sobel looks at the beginnings of the science of reading the stars in “The Glass Universe.”
Another group of mathematically-inclined women were on the forefront of technology right after World War II. The top-secret project was called ENIAC, an acronym for Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. These women were among the first to break into a mostly-male world of computer programmers, although they didn’t have security clearance to be in the room with the machine. Many years of research and interviews concluded with this story of their pioneering work in “Proving Ground” by Kathy Kleiman.
In conclusion, women have accomplished great feats throughout history, from hiking long distances to designing more humane ways to handle livestock and making significant contributions to fields such as astronomy and computer programming. Their stories continue to inspire us, and we must celebrate their achievements and work towards creating a more equitable society for all.
The Daughters of Yalta: A Backstage Glimpse of History
“The Daughters of Yalta” by Catherine Grace Katz takes readers behind the scenes during one of the most important diplomatic negotiations of the past century. The book highlights the important duties of three daughters of key participants in the Yalta Conference in 1945. While three world leaders planned a hopeful future, these women were caregivers, housekeepers, and keepers of family secrets. They were allowed to go on sightseeing excursions instead of being included in the pivotal discussions. The book includes the best of their memoirs, diaries, and oral histories to give us a backstage glimpse of what it’s like to be sitting on the sidelines of history.
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