Smithsonian to show 120 orange statues of female scientists
WASHINGTON — (AP) — The Smithsonian will commemorate Women's History Month in March by displaying 120 life-size neon orange statues depicting women who have excelled in the fields of science and technology. The 3D-printed statues will be displayed in the Smithsonian Gardens and in select museums in the Smithsonian network from March 5-27. A statement announcing the display called it “the largest collection of statues of women ever assembled together.”The statues will depict women who have excelled in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. During the opening weekend, all 120 statues will be displayed there and the Smithsonian Castle and the adjacent Enid A. Haupt Garden. After the opening weekend, the statues will be dispersed to different Smithsonian museums across the National Mall.wftv.com
Watch VP Kamala Harris speak with NASA astronauts in space for Women's History Month
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris made a special call to the International Space Station (ISS) to celebrate Women's History Month and some of the ground-breaking work astronauts are doing in orbit. Video: VP Kamala Harris calls space station! Last month I spoke with Astronauts Dr. Shannon Walker and Dr. Kate Rubins aboard the International Space Station. pic.twitter.com/tQR5lK7JSYMarch 24, 2021 See more"Last month I spoke with Astronauts Dr. Shannon Walker and Dr. Kate Rubins aboard the International Space Station. In February she called the orbiting laboratory to congratulate NASA astronaut Victor Glover for becoming the first Black astronaut to fly a long-duration mission to the space station.space.com
Fighting hair discrimination in Florida, lawmakers work to pass legislation
“If we look at what the American standard of beauty is, it’s not Black hair,” said Stamper’s client, Claire Truth. It stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. AdResearch from Dove shows a Black woman is 80% more likely to change her hair to meet social expectations at work. So far, The Crown Act is law in seven states including California, New York, Colorado, Washington, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. Dove and the Crown Coalition worked with Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell in California to introduce the first Crown Act in 2019.
Olympic runner Alysia Montaño on supporting mothers who are professional athletes
Olympic runner Alysia Montaño on supporting mothers who are professional athletes March is Women's History Month. Olympic runner and seven-time USA champion Alysia Montaño joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss her new nonprofit, called &Mother, supporting mothers in sports.cbsnews.com
Track and field star Dawn Harper-Nelson on motherhood, training for Olympics
Track and field star Dawn Harper-Nelson on motherhood, training for Olympics March is Women's History Month. Dawn Harper-Nelson is a two-time Olympic medalist in track and field, who's setting her sights on the Tokyo Olympics. She discusses her journey in motherhood and the hurdles she's faced from sponsors. She recently received a grant from &Mother, an organization supporting female athletes who are mothers, while she trains for the Olympic trials.cbsnews.com
Community honors life of Helen Williams Bronson, first lady of Bethune-Cookman University
Helen Williams Bronson, known as the first lady of Bethune-Cookman University, passed away on March 5. (Bethune-Cookman University BCU Marketing)DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Loved ones, friends and an entire university community are remembering a woman of grace and elegance who leaves a huge legacy behind. Known as the first lady of Bethune-Cookman University and the curator of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Helen Williams Bronson, passed away from natural causes on March 5. In addition, Dr. Bronson was a pastor and his wife was the first lady. This scholarship provides tuition assistance to well-deserving undergraduate students at Bethune-Cookman University.
‘Fly Like a Girl’ documentary helps inspire next generation of female aviators
LAKELAND, Fla. – In a field currently dominated by men, one Florida film is encouraging young girls and women to fly to new heights by telling the stories of passionate female aviators and showcasing the next generation aspiring to be one of them. Wiatt remembers when Central Florida organization Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo came to her school to do a presentation and a female pilot came along. She is also among the extraordinary group of diverse girls and women pushing for representation in the aviation industry. And I think women especially are really created to be hard workers and to do the hard stuff. For more stories celebrating local Florida women and their legacies, check out clickorlando.com’s Women’s History Month section.
‘I don’t think I’ll be the last:’ Meet Florida’s first Black female winemaker
Florida’s first Black female vintner said her family’s love story inspired her to start her own wine company. Her name was Celestine Noisette,” she said. AdThere are three Mermosa wines currently available. She is the first Black female wine owner in the state of Florida. Follow Mermosa on Instagram for information on future bottle signings and events in Central Florida.
Trailblazing Majors retire, continue serving Ocala community without badge
Tara Woods saw an ad for an Ocala Community Service Officer at a church in 1990. “It was a great way to give back to the community I grew up in.”Retired Maj. Tara Woods with Ocala Police (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.) Retired Maj. Robin Ford with Ocala Police (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.) Twenty-two days later both Woods and Ford are back serving their community as civilians. Retired Maj. Robin Ford (left) & Retired Maj. Tara Woods (right) (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)
How one Lakeland-native found her path in the music industry
I can’t sing, I’m not a great guitar player, I do have guitars, I’m not amazing in that way,” the VEVA Sound president said. “And the whole back end of of the music industry is something I didn’t know about, and something I went to school for. What’s that?’”Now Fairchild, who grew up near Lakeland, is the president of music technology company VEVA Sound. AdThe Nashville music executive said there are plenty of careers in the music industry that don’t involve having a musical ability you typically think of in your favorite artists, including songwriting and sound engineering. There is always room to carve a path in the music industry for any up and coming professionals.
Relativity Space teams with HI-SEAS, NASA to celebrate International Women's Day
California-based aerospace startup Relativity Space will celebrate International Women's Day (March 8) and Women's History Month with a new video highlighting an all-woman analog astronaut crew. The new video, which Relativity Space released today, highlights the crew and mission of Sensoria M2 , the second all-woman mission at the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) habitat, in October 2020. It followed the first such mission, Sensoria M1, which took place in January 2020. Live updates: Our mission to 'Mars' at the HI-SEAS habitatMore: HI-SEAS' 8-month mock Mars mission in picturesRelativity Space highlighted the Sensoria M2 mission at HI-SEAS for the 2021 International Women's Day. Relativity Space said in a statement, found in the image above.space.com
41 years ago, Sandra Day O’Connor blazed a historic trail for women in the legal profession
Sandra Day O’Connor not only had a degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the world -- Stanford University in California -- but also a law degree she earned from the same institution in just two years.
Brevard County teen among first, historic group of girls to reach Eagle Scout
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – At 16, Rebecca DeVoid made history by being part of the first group of girls in the country to earn their Eagle Scout badge. If I can become an Eagle Scout, what can I not do?” DeVoid said. The father recalled taking his two girls to Boy Scout meetings and events, adding it’s no easy task to earn an Eagle Scout badge. “It really helped me to become a better leader, learn more about myself, about the world,” Rebecca DeVoid said. Eagle Scout Rebecca DeVoid's rainwater collection system at Erna Nixon Park (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)
Barbie celebrates International Women's Day with new Eleanor Roosevelt doll
Mattel is celebrating Women's History Month with a fitting new addition to the Barbie family: An Eleanor Roosevelt doll. Ahead of International Women's Day on Monday, Barbie announced that Eleanor Roosevelt is the latest historical role model to join its "Inspiring Women" series, which helps fund women-led research on media representation. The longest-serving first lady, Roosevelt served in the White House during her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt's terms in office, from 1933 to 1945. "A champion of policies around civil and economic rights, Eleanor Roosevelt's passionate advocacy was unwavering, even when faced with resistance," Mattel said in a statement. Eleanor Roosevelt's new Barbie doll wears a floral print dress, pearl necklace and black hat.cbsnews.com
Building a business: How one female CEO turned difficult pregnancies into opportunity
For Pink Stork founder and CEO Amy Upchurch, the need was her own struggle with difficult pregnancies after she found out she was pregnant with her fourth child. “I knew what it felt like to be struggling and hurting and looking for something, anything, like a miracle, ‘What would make me feel better?’” Upchurch said. So, long story short, Pink Stork was born in 2015.”Upchurch now has five children and her company, based in St. Augustine, includes 50 employees. Pink Stork also has an online platform geared toward supporting women through community. Because if you stop now, you’re not going to make it to the other side.
‘I saw the need of the people:’ Ocala’s first Black councilwoman reflects on being a voice for the city
OCALA, Fla. – At the young age of 80, Mary Sue Rich left her post on the Ocala City Council after serving for 24 years. At the young age of 80, Mary Sue Rich left her post on the Ocala City Council after serving for 24 years. At the young age of 80, Mary Sue Rich left her post on the Ocala City Council after serving for 24 years. Rendering of Mary Sue Rich Community Center (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.) AdThe Mary Sue Rich Community Center is expected to be completed in 2022.
Things to do in Orlando, March 3-9: Noizu, Tiffany, racing pigs, open-air ‘Deadpool’ and more
Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., omart.orgFront Porch Series featuring Cat Ridgeway & the TouristsSinger/songwriter dynamo Ridgeway and her compatriots headline the Plaza Live's outdoor stage. Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave., willspub.orgFrontyard Festival: DeadpoolThe 2016 Ryan Reynolds vehicle based on Deadpool, Marvel Comics' "Merc With a Mouth." Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, meadgarden.orgTHROUGH MARCH 14End of the RainbowExperience Judy Garland in the midst of one of her iconic comebacks in Peter Quilter's Tony-nominated Broadway play. Athens Theatre, 124 E. Florida Ave., DeLand, athensdeland.comclick to enlarge Art by Robert Reedy'San Pedro No. Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, rollins.edu/cfamTHROUGH APRIL 11Robert Reedy: RevivalAn exhibition of painting, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork and collage from this unique Orlando artist.orlandoweekly.com
"Untamed" author Glennon Doyle and soccer star Abby Wambach on women's rights, empowerment
"Untamed" author Glennon Doyle and soccer star Abby Wambach on women's rights, empowerment March is Women's History Month. Only on "CBS This Morning," soccer star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach and her wife, New York Times best-selling author Glennon Doyle discuss equality and their work on behalf of women. Doyle's book, "Untamed" has sold more than two million copies worldwide.cbsnews.com
First female Chief Judge elected to Ninth Judicial Circuit
The Honorable Lisa T. Munyon will make history this summer as the first female Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. “I am truly humbled by the support of my colleagues,” Chief Judge-Elect Munyon said. Together, the judges of this circuit will continue to serve our community well.”AdWe are pleased to announce that the Honorable Lisa T. Munyon has been elected as the first female Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. pic.twitter.com/E4JrWfdsdZ — Ninth Circuit Court of FL (@NinthCircuitFL) February 10, 2021According to a release from the Ninth Judicial Circuit, Chief Judge-Elect Munyon is a double Gator, receiving both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. Chief Judge-Elect Munyon will assume her new role on July 1 and succeeds the Honorable Donald A. Myers, Jr.
News 6 honors Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month initially started as a week, but it grew out of a celebration recognized by the school district in Sonoma, California, in 1978, according to History.com. Their goal was to highlight women’s contributions to culture, history and society that were long unrecognized in education. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter designated the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week via presidential proclamation. Congress followed suit in 1981, and then in 1987, the National Women’s History Project was successful in getting Congress to expand it to the entire month of March. Enter your email address below, and then tell us about your favorite woman in local history-- she can either have made history or currently be making history.