March is Women in History Month

To honor Women’s History, EdGate asked several of our subject matter experts for their favorite historical female figure and then we tied that special woman to a standard. Here’s who they shared.  

Jodi Waugh, ELA Project Manager

Amelia Earhart: Earhart was an American pilot that set multiple flying records, her most notable being the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. Before her disappearance in 1937, she worked to promote opportunities for women in aviation. She helped to form the Ninety-Nines, an international organization for the advancement of female pilots and became the first president of the organization of licensed pilots, which still represents women flyers today.


ACARA Australia

  • CHMH. - Modern History
  • ACHMH.3. - Unit 3: Modern Nations in the 20th century
  • ACHMH.3.2. - Historical knowledge and understanding
  • ACHMH.3.2.1. - United States of America, 1917 –1945 (Entry into WWI – End of WWII)
  • ACHMH. - The role and impact of significant individuals in the period, for example Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, F. D. Roosevelt, Booker T Washington, Jessie Owens, Amelia Earhart (ACHMH119)

Jennifer Larson, Social Studies Project Manager

Sandra Day O’Connor: O’Connor was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. She spent 25 years on the bench and retired in 2006 to spend more time with her husband. She founded iCivics in 2009 with the goal of transforming civic education for every student in America. 


High School – United States History Content Standards

  • Topic 4 – Defending Democracy: the Cold War and Civil Rights at Home – Supporting Question: How did the U.S. government respond to challenges of freedom at home during the Cold War?
  • 8 – Using primary and secondary sources, analyze the causes and course of one of the following social and political movements, including consideration of the role of protest, advocacy organizations, and active citizen participation:
    • a. - Women’s rights, including the writings on feminism by Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and others; the availability of the birth control pill; the activism of the National Organization for Women and opposition to the movement by conservative leaders such as Phyllis Schlafly; passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution (1972), and its failure to achieve sufficient ratification by states; Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, the appointment of Sandra Day O’Connor as the first woman Justice of the Supreme Court in 1981, and increasing numbers of women in elected offices in national and state government

Larry Johnson, Science Project Manager

Marie Curie: Curie was a physicist, chemist and a pioneer in the study of radiation. She and her husband were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911 for her radioactive discoveries. During World War I she developed mobile radiography units to provide X-ray services to field hospitals.


Texas Grade 9 – Adopted 2018 GRADE LEVEL EXPECTATION

  • §113.42.(27)(E) identify the contributions of significant scientists and inventors such as Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Louis Pasteur, and James Watt.

John Kullberg, Mathematics Project Manager

Ada Lovelace: Lovelace was a British mathematician who has been called the world's first computer programmer. She is best known for her collaboration with English engineer Charles Babbage on the automatic calculating machines during which she contributed many equations and formulas which some scholars say can be seen as the first computer program ever written.


West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standard for Technology and Computer Science

  • CS.M.29. - Investigate the history of computers, identifying contributors and major milestones (e.g., Alan Turing, Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, analytical machine, ENIAC, IBM PC)


These women were definitely first in their fields. Their fortitude to blaze the trails opened doors for all the women who have come after them.

By: Laura Jacoby
Office Administrator


"Photograph of Sandra Day O'Connor Being Sworn in a Supreme Court Justice by Chief Justice Warren Burger..." by The U.S. National Archives, used under CC BY / Cropped from original