5 Badass Women That History Forgot

5 Badass Women That History Forgot

"Well behaved women rarely make history"

International Women's Day is March 8th, and I cannot think of a greater group of women to celebrate. Their accomplishments are mind-blowing, and their willingness to fight predisposed notions about women are inspirational. They set the precedent for generations to come and have opened millions of doors for women everywhere. We still see the effects of their actions in our daily lives and are reminded that women belong EVERYWHERE, not just in the kitchen.

1. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910)

Elizabeth changed the entire game of the medical field by becoming the first American woman to receive a medical degree. Despite the constant discrimination for being the only woman in her classes, she persisted. Blackwell later opened the New York Infirmary so that she could help to encourage other women to join the medical field. We see her influence every day, as we are surrounded by doctors and nurses of both genders.

2. Clara Barton (1821-1912)

Clara served as a nurse during the Civil War, attempting to provide as much support as she possibly could to the soldiers who were dying. As you can imagine, this was no easy task and left Clara wishing that she could have provided the soldiers more help and saved more lives. When the war concluded, Clara started the American Red Cross and became the first president of the organization. Today, Clara has saved millions of lives and continues to show us that there are still good people in the world, as people are willing to donate their money, time, and even their blood to others.

3. Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927)

Perhaps one of the most underrated women in all of history, Victoria Woodhull was a force to be reckoned with. From gaining the most media attention of any female of her time to being the first woman to run for president, Woodhull was breaking barriers left and right. Woodhull and her sister were also the first female brokers on Wall Street and would later open her very own brokerage firm. It seemed as though every action attempted by Victoria was unprecedented, and she did not mind a bit.

4. Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)

An artist from Mexico, nearly everything about Frida was unusual by normal standards. She was married to another artist who was frequently unfaithful and did not have traditional political views. Frida's paintings frequently had subjects that were considered to be more private matters and were not frequently shared with the public. Additionally, it was rare for paintings, especially painted by women, to be as gruesome as those of Kahlo.

5. Ella Fitzgerald (1918-1996)

There are very few people in this world who can say that they've won 13 Grammy's and have sold over 40 million albums, but Ella Fitzgerald is one of them. Known by names such as the "Queen of Jazz" and the "First Lady of Song," Ella has certainly left her mark on the music industry. Ella brought some of the most diverse audiences together, displaying her ability to unite people of all genders, races, and religions. Despite her well-known name, she still was subject to a great of discrimination everywhere she went. Fitzgerald was resilient and persevered, continuing to make fantastic music for many years.

With all of these inspirational women that have come before us, it's hard to not want to make your mark. This International Women's Day, make your fellow women proud, even if it is just in a small way. Be kind to your fellow women and offer help when you can. Aspire to make history so that maybe one day, someone will reflect on your exceptional accomplishments in an Odyssey article.

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19 Things I Have Learned Before Turning 19

You won't be 19 forever.

Turning 19 can either be exciting or just another year getting older. As I am turning 19 in less then two weeks, I am going to take the opportunity to have 19 be the age of change, fun, and learning from what I have experienced throughout the past 18 years of my life. Here are 19 lessons I have learned that I will be keeping in the back of my mind for the future.

1. Stop caring about what other people think about you

You learn this the hard way (I still am learning). Honestly, everyone says bad things about everyone and they gossip about you behind your back. You have flaws. The people that talk about you have flaws. No one's perfect, so don't care about what other people think about you because your life will become miserable and trust me, it will.

2. Treat people the way they treat you

I mean I know this sounds mean, but coming from a person that is always nice to everyone, even when they are being really horrible to you, you just get tired of being treated like crap and want to show everyone that you aren't always going to be nice to them. If they treat you like you're no one, you do the same. You deserve to be treated better and deserve better people in your life.

3. Trust Wisely

I used to trust people that in the end stabbed me in the back. You have to be careful about who you trust, even when it comes family and friends. Trust wisely

4. Be yourself

I have come to a point in my life where I can't just please everyone and they just have to deal with who I am as a person. I am fed up always changing myself for people who don't even stay in my life in the long run. It's time to have people like me for who I am, not because I'll change and be the person they want me to be.

5. Be grateful for the little things

The little things in life are the ones to be grateful for. A simple compliement from a complete stranger or holding the door for someone else, can make your day.

6. Find time for yourself

Yes, family and friends are important, work and social life is important and the list can go on. However, you need to relax and have for yourself too.

7. Be open-minded

Try new things. Meet new people. Do something that is out of your comfort zone. Again, life is too short and you need to live.

8. Be the friend that everyone wants you to be

You are a great person, just find people who appreciate you for you

9. Be positive

From personal experience, life sucks when you are always negative.

10. Have fun

A little partying and staying out late never hurt anyone.

11. Live your life to the fullest

You won't be able to go back in time and do this all over again. Have fun now.

12. Hard work will pay off

You may want to give up now, but it's so worth it in the end. Don't give up, you'll become successful one day.

13. Don't worry about the little things

Worrying about everything can take a drain on you. Stop worrying about everything and live little.

14. Get the toxic people out of your life

These people are draining the life out of you and are making you miserable. They probably don't even care about you as much as you think they do. Get the toxic people out of your life before they hurt you more.

15. Don't settle for less

You deserve the best, so don't settle for anything less.

16. Find people you are down to do anything

Find people that you can instantly connect to and when you, don't ever let them go. They may give you the best time of your life and you'll have the best memories.

17. Never take anything for granted

They say you don't what you had until you lose it. Take this saying into consideration and never take anything for granted.

18. Do whatever you want

It's your life, your rules, your dreams; it's anything you want it to be. Do whatever makes you happy and have fun. Take risks in life, but not something you'll regret in the future.

19. Learn to love yourself

You can't be truly happy until you love yourself and happy with who you are as person. Learn to love yourself before you let someone else love you.

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7 Quotes That Will Motivate You After Spring Break

It can be hard to bounce right back into classes after a week off, and this will help.

Spring break is a time to relax and not stress about the past few months and mentally prepare yourself for the rest of the semester. However, jumping back into the swing of things can be hard, especially if you went all break without even thinking about the four assignments and two tests you have next week.

1. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started” –Mark Twain

This quote is really the push you need to start thinking about how and what you can do to get yourself ready and start doing the things that matter. It may not even be about getting ahead, but just the idea of getting started requires the most effort.

2. “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows” –Ralph Marston

You may not think so, but by doing simple things every day you could be making the future you much happier. This could include eating better, getting more sleep, or even doing an assignment the day it was assigned simply because you have the time.

3. “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” –Benjamin Franklin

This could go for a lot of situations, whether you fail to prepare for a test and get a not-so-amazing grade, or you just continually procrastinate and set yourself up for a less than perfect interview, it’s important to recognize the necessity of preparation.

4. “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” –Wayne Dyer

Now is the time to reach our goals and do whatever it takes to reach them. So why not take the chances that come your way? If there’s even the slightest possibility of a positive outcome you might as well take the chance.

5. “Big results require big ambitions.” –Heraclitus

The only way to reach for the dreams you have is to be ambitious and want what’s best for you and your future. To be successful and find the results you want, it all starts with your mindset.

6. “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” –Aristotle

This is one of my favorites because it requires you to constantly think about how your actions affect the work you produce. A strong work ethic is more important than any other product you can make.

7. “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph” –Thomas Paine

You hear this one a lot, the harder you work and the more difficult the circumstances, the better the payoff will feel. This is true on most levels, but most importantly it is you who is the conflict and getting it through your mind that you are the only obstacle from every victory is the true triumph.

Hopefully, these will bring you some motivation to get through the rest of midterms and push through the second half of the semester. I find that every now and then finding a good quote to stick with can really change your outlook on how to tackle problems, whether they’re with classes or another mental block.

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