Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | March 27, 2013

Women’s History Month – More Remarkable Women, Past and Present!

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Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867 – 1957)

Laura, widely known for her popular “Little House” book series, spent her early years moving around the Midwest with her family. By the age of 15, she was already a teacher working in a small schoolhouse and continued this for three years. In addition to adapting to a nomadic lifestyle early on, Laura endured several tragic events during adulthood, including the loss of a child and her home. After several years, she and her husband were finally able to purchase their own farmland. It wasn’t until many years later that Laura began writing, after much encouragement from her daughter, and had her first book published in 1932. Read more about the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder here.

Kristin Armstrong

Kristin is a cyclist, an Olympic gold medalist, and holds a World Championship title. Kristin is experienced in a number of sports and was a triathlete until 2001, when she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Determined to not let this degenerative disease derail her career, she re-directed her athletic focus to cycling, implemented an arthritis management plan, and made the 2004 Olympic team. She took home gold in the 2008 Games and the 2012 Games in London. Read more on Kristin’s recovery and perseverance here.

Shannon Boxx

In addition to being a professional soccer player and Olympic gold medalist, Shannon faces other unique challenges. She has been diagnosed with not one, but two autoimmune diseases since 2002, and has remained determined to not let these conditions stop her. Shannon has continued to be a competitive athlete in spite of having both Lupus and Sjögren’s syndrome, and credits self-care, symptom management, and staying physically active. She competed in the 2008 Games and took home the gold with her team during the 2012 Games in London. Read more on Shannon in a CNN story and interview here.

It is important to acknowledge women’s historical achievements, as well as recognize the success and amazing accomplishments of the present! Women all over the world are doing amazing things; whether creating awareness on disability rights issues, being primary farm and ranch operators, or persevering despite chronic illness, women are making history every day!

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

– Bio. Laura Ingalls Wilder. biography. http://www.biography.com/people/laura-ingalls-wilder-9531246

– Parker, V. Arthritis Today®. Kristin Armstrong: Olympic Gold Medalist Wins with Arthritis.  http://www.arthritistoday.org/community/people-profiles/kristin-armstrong.php.

– Wilson, J. (2012). CNN. Olympic soccer player Shannon Boxx’s battle with lupus.http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/16/health/olympic-soccer-boxx-lupus.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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