Talking Inspiring Women! 👧
Inspirational Women in History
Whether your little ones are budding sports people, would-be politicians, scientists, designers, engineers or doctors, why not take a look through our list and pick a few of the women to chat about…
Florence Nightingale – 1820-1910. Born in Italy, Florence Nightingale nursed wounded soldiers in the Crimean War. She even tended to them through the night and became known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’! Florence was passionate about nursing and showed people that it was a very important, rewarding job.
Marie Curie – 1867-1934. Born into a poor family in Poland, Marie saved hard so she could study science at University in Paris, France. A top scientist, she devoted her life to research that eventually led to treatments for serious illnesses. Marie Curie was the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, in 1903 and 1911!
Coco Chanel (Image credit: Hal Vaughan, Random House, 2011)
Coco Chanel – 1883-1971. Coco came from a poor background in France, but ended up designing clothes for the wealthy. One of the world’s greatest fashion designers, Coco created the iconic ‘Little Black Dress’ in 1926 and launched the first pajamas for women in 1918!
Amelia Earhart (Image credit: National Portrait Gallery, 1937)
Amelia Earhart – 1897-1937. An adventurous American pilot, Amelia dreamt of flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1932 she became the first woman to achieve that! But she didn’t stop there and in 1935, she conquered the Pacific Ocean!
Rosa Parks with Martin Luther King (Image credit: Ebony Magazine,1955)
Rosa Parks – 1913-2005. African-American Rosa stood up for herself and others in a racially separated Alabama in the 1950s. On a busy bus in 1955, Rosa broke the law by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. She was arrested which led to other black people boycotting the buses until this unfair law (along with many others) was eventually changed.
Benazir Bhutto (Image credit: Government of Spain)
Benazir Bhutto – 1953-2007. The 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to lead a Muslim State. She not only ended military dictatorship in her country, but also fought for women’s rights.
Billie Jean King (Image credit: .)
Billie Jean King – Born in 1943, this US tennis legend and former American World No 1 won 39 Grand Slam titles! Billie Jean King is also passionate about social justice and equality; she successfully battled for equal prize money in the men’s and women’s games!
Dr Sally Kristen Ride (Image credit:
Dr Sally Kristen Ride – 1951-2012. Astronaut and physicist, Dr Sally Kristen Ride, became the first American woman in space in 1983! She was on board the seventh space shuttle mission, STS-7, as a Mission Specialist. Dr Ride joined NASA in 1978 after seeing it was looking for scientists and engineers to become astronauts. This was also the first time that NASA had encouraged women to apply! A true leader, Dr Ride worked hard to narrow the gender gap in science and engineering, and to inspire children from all backgrounds in STEM.
WOW! 😱 What a lot of amazing and inspirational women – we could keep going, but how about you take over and find some other incredible women with your kids! They’ll love being mini detectives, discovering what each one achieved and how they did it. Look at pictures to bring them to life for the Sparkle Squad - see what they looked like and how they dressed and lived. And for some extra fun, why not encourage your little one to dress up as their favorite inspiring woman, using a dressing up box and props from around the house… and even moms clothes, shoes and hats (if that’s allowed!).
Of course, the Sparkle Squad are sure to have some ‘everyday’ heroes of their own. Ask them who they would pick from everyday life. You might find that perhaps mom and dad, a favorite teacher or even a Superhero are at the top of the list! Ellie Sparkles might even get a mention!
Most importantly, keep talking and never stop encouraging the Sparkle Squad to dream big and reach high! In fact, tell them that one day kids may be reading about their very own achievements, and hoping to follow in their footsteps!
And finally, as Ellie would say, make sure they know THEY’VE GOT THIS! 😃