Role Model Helen Irene Battle

Helen Irene Battle was a revolutionary scientist and feminist. She contributed many great things to the field of science, and was the first woman to earn a doctorate in marine biology in Canada, and was also a teacher. One of her most notable developments is the use of fish eggs to study the effects of cancerous chemicals on the growth of cells.

Helen Irene Battle was born in the town of London, Ontario, on August 31st, 1903. She attended the University of Western Ontario. Her studies there were so important that they went on to win two medals. She was working to be the first Master of Arts graduate from the Department of Zoology in 1924, and in 1928, she became the first woman ever in Canada to earn her PhD in Marine Biology at the University of Toronto. She then resterned to teach at the University of Western Ontario as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology. Her work went beyond that of traditional science, and she was credited as being one of the first to use histological and physiology methods in the field of marine biology, which means that she used techniques from the study of microscopic organisms and cells to work for the study of marine wildlife, so that she could gather research. This had rarely been seen before. 

At the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, located in New Brunswick, Helen Battle researched fish embryology (fish eggs and unborn fish) and also worked at several laboratories afterwards. She published more than thirty seven articles about different species of fish and other marine animals. Because the laboratories she studied with were often on a really tight budget, she came up with inventive ways to continue research in her field. She was a true female leader in a profession dominated by men, but with her intelligence and her work ethics, she wasn’t treated any differently. Helen was an incredible scientist who paved the way for future female researchers and educated many young people to become just as great as her.

Sadly, Helen died in 1994 on June 17th. She was ninety years old. A pioneering scientist and instructor; her resourcefulness, ingenious ideas, and hard work to bring many new developments to the field of marine biology will never be forgotten.

Role Model Helen Keller

HELEN KELLER

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

Helen Keller – a woman who stood up for herself, broke barriers, and helped other people just because she could. But Helen is inspiration for many more reasons than that: at age two, she was struck with an illness that caused her to become blind and deaf. She wasn’t able to communicate with others, and so her parents basically let her do whatever she wanted. For the first seven years of her life, Helen grew to be uncontrollable, and her parents knew that they had to do something about it. Soon, the Kellers hired a woman, Anne Sullivan, to teach Helen how to communicate with others and to control her.

Anne’s job was not easy, for Helen simply did not want to learn. As soon as they started, however, Helen was enthralled. They began with hand spelling – using sign language, Anne would spell into Helen’s hand as Helen felt an object. As time went on, Helen could understand what things were when she felt them, and she could communicate in sentences to Anne. When Helen was ten, she began a proper schooling. She started at a school for the deaf, and struggled to learn at the pace of others. All of the time, Anne was by her side, encouraging her, and helping her. When she was 16, Helen was determined to go to college. She graduated, and decided that she would also learn how to speak so others could understand her. For 25 years, Helen struggled to learn how to speak, but she did it.

After college, Helen decided to learn about the world and improve the lives of others. She became a public speaker, an activist among the disabled, and tried to improve the lives of the blind people, appearing before congress many times. She joined the American Federation for the Blind, the American Braille Press, and many other organizations besides.

Helen has been awarded with many awards because of her inspiring and great work despite her disabilities. She has won the Distinguished Service Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and also was elected into the Women’s Hall of Fame, just to name a few.

This amazing woman was born on June 27th, 1880, so happy early birthday Helen Keller! You’ve truly inspired many people and made the world a better place for the blind, deaf, and many others besides. Though Helen died on June 1st, 1968, she is still remembered by many and all, and a role model for thousands upon thousands of people.

Role Model JK Rowling

J.K. Rowling

J.K. ROWLING

J.K. Rowling: author, millionaire, and inspiration to many of us. She’s best known as the author of the famed Harry Potter series, but recently she published The Casual Vacancy, her first adult novel.

Joanne Rowling was born on the 31st of July in 1965. She got the idea for Harry’s  adventures while on a train. Sadly, while still writing the first book, her mother passed away.

The K in her name comes from her grandmother Kathleen. During the process of finding a publisher for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, her editor told her that boys wouldn’t read the book if they new it was written by a woman, so she used the acronym J.K. instead of Joanne.

J.K. Rowling has broken records with the Harry Potter books and was named author of the year in the 2000 British Book Awards. She is the only millionaire to have become so from being a writer, and she’s a female who’s waging a path in the world for more of us authors to come. I admire J.K. Rowling very much, and Harry Potter will always have a place in my heart.

Role Model Suzanne Collins

SUZANNE COLLINS

Suzanne Collins was born on August, 10, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. She is famous for being a television writer and novelist. She is the author of two bestsellers, The Underland Chronicles series and my favorite books, The Hunger Games trilogy! Suzanne was a television writer before she became a novelist. I admire Suzanne Collins because of her skills for writing children’s books and for being such a popular writer for television and novels. Suzanne Collins has accomplished a lot in her life so far, including until now at age 50!!

Suzanne Collins is my favorite female author and an article on her that I wrote was featured on the New Moon Girls Homepage recently. Click the picture to read the article.

Suzanne Collins is my favorite female author and an article on her that I wrote was featured on the New Moon Girls Homepage recently. Click the picture to read the article.

Role Model Laura Dekker

LAURA DEKKER

Laura Dekker was born on September 20th, 1995 in Whangarei, New Zealand. She is the youngest girl to ever circumnavigate the world single handedly. Laura decided in 2009 she wanted to sail the world all by herself. Unfortunatly, the Dutch court put their foot down, preventing her from going until out of the care of her parents,Dick Decker and Babs Müller.  In July 2010, another Dutch court gave her permission to leave, and a month later, on the 21st of August, Laura departed on a ship called Guppy. She returned with the completed record of youngest person to sail the globe on January 1st,2012.Laura is alive and well today, and still loves to sail with Guppy.You can visit her at her official website.

Remembering Victoria

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VICTORIA SOTO

 

Victoria Soto.  

She was 27 years old when she died protecting her students at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.  

The shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered her classroom, demanding where the children were.  Having hidden them in closets she told him that they were in the gym.  He shot her before moving on.  She saved all of her students from Lanza.

Victoria went to Eastern Connecticut State University, and got her degree as a teacher.  She worked at Sandy Hook for five years before she she was killed.  Her boyfriend was going to propose to her on Christmas.

“It does not surprise me at all that Vicki died protecting her kids,” Ms. Schiavone, Victoria’s best friend- said.

She wrote on her teacher’s blog at the beginning of the year that she was excited to work in room 10 this year.

May she Rest In Peace.

Role Model Anne Frank

ANNE FRANK

Anne Frank is awesome, epic, and amazing. She was Jewish, that made her the target of the Nazis. On her birthday, she got a diary. That diary was going to be famous. One day, her mother and father became even more scared of what the Nazis did. They decided to go in hiding. Anne Frank was scared, but brave. She lived three or four years in hiding, in a place called, ”The Secret Annex”. There she wrote in her diary, deep thoughts and her impressions and stories. She lived there, cooped up in that annex. She was scared but brave. At most times, they had to be silent.

One night, Anne Frank had a dream that her best friend was sent to a Concentration Camp, and what she dreamed was true. Anne Frank was scared. She felt guilty, that she was in hiding in a bed, and her friend was in a Concentration Camp.

One day, days before being freed by the Allied Forces, someone betrayed them to the Nazis. She was brought to a Concentration camp. She survived  the most feared one, but died in Bergen Belson. Her father was the only one that survived. His name was Otto Frank. He published her diary, now called ”The Diary of a Young Girl”.  It was a hit.

Anne Frank, in my opinion, was a Jewish Heroine.