Wangari Maathai was born April 1, 1940 in a traditional mud-walled house with no electricity or running water. She was the first woman from Africa honored with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 and the first woman in East and Central African to earn a doctorate degree.
On July 16, 1962 aboard Vosktok 6, on a clear and sunny day, Valentina Tereshkova, nicknamed Valya, became the first woman to travel to space. She was born in Maslennikovo, Russia on March 6, 1937. She'd later be elected as deputy to the Supreme Soviet, become president of the Soviet Women’s Committee and addressed the Women’s International Democratic Federation in Helsinki where the theme of the meeting was “The Role of Women in the Modern World.”
Considered one of the greatest writers in the United States, Maya Angelou was the first African-American to work on the streetcars in San Francisco (working for the Market Street Railway Company). She was the first African-American woman to recite her poetry at a US presidential inauguration, the first African-American women to make the non-fiction bestseller’s list, the first African-American woman to have an original screenplay produced for the movie Georgia, Georgia in 1972.
Helen Keller, whose name means light was born June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She lost her vision and became mute February 1882 and later worked on behalf of the blind, campaigning that the major cause of blindness in infants was a condition called ophthalma neonatarum.
The Bronze Age is a prehistoric period dated to approximately 3300 BC to 1200 BC. It arose following the Chalcolithic period, in which early metals of copper and gold were crafted, as well as the first alloys of copper and tin, from which bronze is derived.