STAGE’s Women’s History Month Project! by Margaret Linhart ‘17

This past Women’s History Month STAGE launched a project within Bard High School to celebrate the impact of women throughout history and across disciplines. We created a collection of posters and hung them outside of each academic office (math, science, social science, English, and language) as well as the Art room and the PE office. Each poster highlighted several women in their respective academic fields with a brief summary of their influence and life’s work.

Below are excerpts from various women’s descriptions, which were written by STAGE year twos Margaret (Maggie) Linhart, Miranda Leong-Hussey, Julie Seager, and Lily Gordon. Thank you so much to my peers for helping to execute the project! I’d also like to thank our school for supporting the project (specifically Dr. Kennedy and Ms. Powell) and all of the individual faculty members who were very enthusiastic and helpful!

“Frida Kahlo, 1907-1954: Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter who is known for her vibrant self-portraits. Her paintings often depict Mexican and indigenous culture, her own physical and emotional pain, and her experiences with love. Her work crosses boundaries between surrealism and realism — it is often called surrealist by others but was considered realist by Kahlo herself.”

“Wilma Rudolph, 1940-1994: Wilma Rudolph was an American track star. She was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games. Rudolph was named United Press Athlete of the Year 1960 and Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year for 1960 and 1961. She elevated the role of women of color in athletics and was voted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1973.”

“Hannah Arendt, 1906-1975: Johanna “Hannah” Arendt was a Jewish- American political theorist and writer. She rejected the label of philosopher, saying that she focused on how “men, not Man, live on the earth and inhabit the world.” Her works include The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Life of the Mind, and Eichmann in Jerusalem. The Hannah Arendt prize is named in her honor.”

“Katherine Johnson, 1918-Present: Katherine Johnson was an African-American physician and mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for many NASA missions, including the first flight of an American into space and the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the moon. Before working for NASA, Johnson had a natural talent for mathematics and became one of three African-American students chosen to integrate the West Virginia University’s graduate programs. At age 97, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

“Tulsi Gabbard, 1981-present: Gabbard was the youngest woman ever elected to U.S. state office after being elected to the Hawaii State Legislature at 21 years old. She has served in the U.S. Army National Guard and in 2012 was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Gabbard is the first American Somoan and the first and only practicing Hindu to serve in the U.S. Congress.”