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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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

Psalm 34:1

The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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6 Fall Favorites To Look Forward To

Fall is truly my favorite season, and it always has been. From exciting events to cooler weather, late September to early December is the greatest time of the year.


September 23rd marks the first day of Autumn, more commonly known as Fall. Lately, I have found myself daydreaming of Fall more and more often.

1. Seasonal Foods

Apple cider. Pumpkin pie. Homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Of course, the Pumpkin Spice Latte makes the list, too.

S'mores are another yummy treat I seem to have more of in the Fall at bonfires or in my backyard. Although you can have these foods year-round, there is something especially splendid about having them when the apples and pumpkins are in season!


Especially going to an SEC school, football is taken very seriously. The hype that surrounds a Saturday football game is remarkable.

Lets not forget the tailgating that goes along with home gamedays. At my first college football game, I was shocked to see televisions set up and large tables lined with food fit to serve at a wedding!

3. Halloween

Freeee Candy. Need I say more?

I may be 22 years old, but Halloween makes me feel like a kid again. Dressing up as a superhero or movie character is fun at any age! I love to see how creative people get with their costumes.

Pumpkin carving. Haunted houses. These are a few of the perks that come on October 31st.

As if Halloween season isn't great enough, the day after Halloween is even better because all of the yummy, leftover candy is on sale!

4. Fashion

From sweatshirts and sweaters to warm boots and scarves, fall clothing is hard to beat. Although my closet seems to overflow in the Fall, there is something so satisfying about dressing up in a long sleeve shirt, a vest, and pull up some riding boots over skinny jeans.

Wake up late on a school day? No worries. Comfort color sweatshirts and leggings is an acceptable college outfit.

5. Going to the pumpkin patch

Whether you are 4 or 24, going to the pumpkin patch, riding on a hayride, and picking your very own pumpkin is a special event. Some even have petting zoos with goats, horses, and pigs!

If you've never been to a pumpkin patch, stop what you are doing and start planning your first visit NOW!

6. Thanksgiving 

I feel like this almost goes without saying. When I think of Fall, Thanksgiving is one of the first things to come to mind.

As it is for most southern families, Thanksgiving is a big deal in my house. Our traditions begin the day before Thanksgiving when my mom starts to prepare the food. We get up early on Thanksgiving morning to have "pigs-in-a-blanket" for breakfast and begin cooking again. In between sessions in the kitchen, we pile up on the couch to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Then we head over to my aunt's house for lunch, take nap, and wake up in time to watch the Egg Bowl.

Of course, the most important part of Thanksgiving is being surrounded by people who love you and being thankful for all of the blessings God has given us.

With all of these reasons, plus many more, what is not to love about Fall?

Grab your Pumpkin Spice Lattes and get ready for the Fall festivities to begin!

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