Brenda Jordan contributes several articles about her favorite and famous Georgia women appearing on the Internet.
Nancy Morgan Hart of Savannah was a Revolutionary War volunteer combatant who fought both the British and the Royalists in her region. Her biography appears in the National Women’s History Museum.
“Hart was one of the most patriotic women in Georgia. While her husband was away fighting the war, Hart was alone on the frontier with her children, but managed to sneak away periodically to work as a spy. She would masquerade herself as a man and enter British camps pretending to be feeble minded in order to gain information. She may have also been present at the Battle of Kettle Creek on February 14, 1779. ”
National Women’s History Museum.”
A most fascinating politician, who discovered and exercised her considerable skills following her husband’s death. Though her term lasted only 24 hours it did represent the dawn of a new era for women and politics – Ed.
“Rebecca Latimer Felton, who died in 1930 at the age of ninety-four, lived a life that was as full as it was long. A writer and tireless campaigner for Progressive Era reforms, especially women’s rights, she was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.”
New Georgia Encyclopedia
“Juliette Gordon Low (October 31, 1860 – January 17, 1927) was the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, with the help of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting Movement. Baden-Powell and Low shared both a love of travel and support of the Girl Guides. Juliette Low joined the Girl Guide movement, forming a group of Girl Guides in Scotland in 1911.”Wikipedia
“Corra Harris was one of the most celebrated women from Georgia for nearly three decades in the early twentieth century. She is best known for her first novel, A Circuit Rider’s Wife (1910), though she gained a national audience a decade before its publication. From 1899 through the 1920s, she published hundreds of essays and short stories and more than a thousand book reviews in such magazines as the Saturday Evening Post, Harper’s, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, and especially the Independent, a highly reputable New York-based periodical known for its political, social, and literary critiques.”
New Georgia Encyclopedia
Author who spoke for all southerners and beloved by all; the icon of the genre’ Ed.
“Flannery O’Connor is considered one of the best short story authors of the 20th century. She wrote about religious themes and southern life.”
“In 1922, Margaret Mitchell began to write for The Atlanta Journal. When health problems forced her to stay off her feet, she left the Journal and spent her time at home reading and writing. This is when she began the work which eventually made her famous. Drawing on her passion for the South and her family histories, Margaret Mitchell spent years constructing her saga of life in the South during the Civil War. Her huge masterpiece of romance, hardship, bravery, and courage is now a monumental classic and is one of the greatest love stories and Civil War sagas ever written. Within six months of publishing Gone With The Wind in 1936, the novel had sold a million copies.”
“Selena Sloan Butler was born with few material advantages but through determination and a sense of purpose she was able to create institutions needed for her own and her child’s welfare. In doing so, she served the needs of black women and children nationwide.
Active in education throughout her life. Among her many accomplishments is the founding of the statewide black Parent-Teacher Association, participation in the founding of the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers and late in life organizing the first black women’s chapter of the Gray Ladies Corps of the Army/
Selena died at the age of 92 and is buried with her husband at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Her portrait hangs in the Georgia State Capitol. She has been honored by President Hoover, the American Red Cross and Spelman College. ” Georgia Women of Achievement – 2016 Read more here.
“Martha McChesney Berry was a rare combination of opposites. Born in 1866 into an affluent plantation family, she had access to wealth and social prestige but she devoted her life completely to providing educational opportunity in the midst of poverty in the Georgia mountains. Martha had the highest ideals while being very practical. In her educational program, mountain children could pay their own way through work. In this way, she attacked poverty through self-help, giving her students self-respect as well as an education.” – Georgia Women of Achievement 2016. Read more here.
“Acting Attorney General Sally Yates fired by Donald Trump is nominated for John F Kennedy Courage Award Ms Yates has been praised for standing by her convictions and refusing to defend Trump’s so-called ‘Muslim ban…..
‘The award’s mission statement says: “The award recognizes a public official (or officials) at the federal, state or local level whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership in the spirit of Profiles in Courage, President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book, which recounts the stories of eight U.S. Senators who risked their careers by embracing unpopular positions for the greater good.’” – Independent – Read more here.