Well Behaved Women Who Made or Are Making History

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By Rachel McCray

You know that famous saying, “Well behaved women seldom make history.” Well, we can think of quite a few women who played by the rules (for the most part) and still made their mark on American history. Here are just a few:

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1. Annie Easley

Annie was one of the first African Americans to work as a computer scientist at NASA in the 1960s. She developed and implemented code that led to the development of the battery used in the first hybrid cars. She also actively encouraged female and minority students to enter STEM fields.

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2. Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl is an American tech executive, activist and author. She currently serves as the chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org. She was the first woman elected to Facebook's board of directors. Her internationally best-selling book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” includes tips, techniques, and stories about her experiences while encouraging females to go after their dreams (both, in their career and personal life).

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3. Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly is the founder and CEO of Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Her organization has reached over 7,000 students across the U.S. and continues to thrive. Kimberly is also an electrical engineer with experience working in the biotechnology field.

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4. Marissa Mayer

Marissa is an information technology executive and co-founder of Lumi Labs. She was the first female engineer and 20th employee at Google - she joined in 1999 when it was just a start up. She served five years as the president and CEO of Yahoo! After leaving Yahoo! in 2017, Mayer started Lumi Labs, a company focused on artificial intelligence and consumer media.

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