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Inspirational Women

This section began as a celebration of March and Women’s History Month; it continues as a regular feature because there are so many unrecognized women who have made major contributions to history.

Edith Houghton: First Woman Baseball Scout

First woman hired to be a scout for a major league baseball team
Edith Houghton was 10 years old when she became the starting shortstop for the Philadelphia Bobbies, the best-known women’s baseball team in the city.

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994)

First American woman to win 3 Olympic gold medals in track and field, 1960
Wilma Rudolph was born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee, and she weighed only 4 lbs 8 oz; her initial survival was in doubt.

Kitty O’Neil (1947-2018), Stuntwoman

Athlete, Record-Setter, and First Woman in Stunts Unlimited Kitty O’Neil was a champion swimmer, an award-winning diver, and a racer in motorcycle and car competitions. She thrived on speed.

Oveta Culp Hobby (1905-1995)

First Director of Women’s Army Corps Oveta Culp was born in Killeen, Texas to parents from whom she learned the tradition of service to one’s country and one’s community.

Oveta Culp Hobby
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