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Celebrating Misbehavin’

Posted by YWM on March 15, 2010

We are celebrating Women’s History Month, YWM style. All month-long, we will feature women of the past and present who misbehaved and changed the history of our country as well as paved the way for future women leaders.

March 15

1930: Brigadier General Wilma Vaught is born. Vaught is the founder and president of the board of the Women In Military Service for America Memorial. Vaught was the first and, for 22 years, the only woman promoted to brigadier general from the Comptroller career field. Other firsts: first woman to head a board of directors of a major credit union; first woman to command a unit receiving the Joint Meritorious Unit Award; first woman to deploy with a Strategic Air Command bombardment wing on an operational deployment.

1887: Philanthropist, art curator and founder of Hillwood estate and museum, Marjorie Merriweather Post is born. At 27, Post became heir to her family’s Postum Cereal Company (later to become General Foods) fortune which was expanded into a larger line of food products, at the encouragement of Post, a shrewd businesswoman who foresaw the value of prepared food in an age of increasingly independent women. In 1936 Marjorie joined the Board of Directors of General Foods, becoming one of the first women to do so in a major American corporation.

1838: Alice Cunningham Fletcher is born. Cunningham Fletcher is most known for her fieldwork among Native Americans. She is recognized as a pioneering anthropologist who advocated for both Native American reform and education. Cunningham Fletcher also helped found the Association for the Advancement of Women (1873). 

Celebrate women who made history and those who will – donate to change the lives of working women and their families.


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