Around The World

Women in America have been doing hard and important work for as long as the United States has existed, but their work does not always make it into the history books. Here are two important women in America’s history who did hard work that changed the world.

Sybil is known as the female Paul Revere. On April 26, 1777, American forces learned that British forces had landed on the coast of Connecticut and were marching toward an unprepared Continental Army. The Americans needed someone to ride through the night to wake up all the local men who would volunteer to fight the British. Sybil, a 16-year-old, volunteered to make the dangerous ride through the night. She rode for 40 miles. During her ride, she knocked on farmhouse doors while shouting that the British were coming. She returned safely home with dozens of volunteers.

Grace Hopper served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Before the war, she was one of the first women to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics. While she was in the Navy, she was directed to work on the very first computer at Harvard. It was called the Mark I. Her work helped make computing what it is today. She created a computer programming code that made it easier for everyone to learn about computers and won the first Computer Science Man-of-the-Year Award. Without her we might not have the easy-to-use computers we have today.


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