Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan is an Olympic figure skating champion, who has won more world awards than any other skater in the U.S. She was born in Torrance, California on July 7, 1980, to immigrant parents from Hong Kong, China. Growing up, she watched her older brother play hockey and was inspired to start skating when she was five years old. After …

Grandma Moses

Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses was a self taught artist and writer. What makes her so unique is that she did not start professionally painting until she was 78 years old! She was born in the year of 1860 which was over 150 years ago. She was raised with four sisters and five brothers in the …

Mae Jemison

Mae C. Jemison is a scientist, doctor, teacher, and astronaut. Mae flew aboard Endeavour and also became the first African American woman to enter space! This was a big accomplishment because it showed young women of her time that they too could be interested in science and accomplish their dreams just as she did. Mae was born on October 17, …

Zitkála-Šá

Zitkála-Šá (pronounced: Zitkala-sha) was a writer, musician, teacher, and activist. She was among the first people to write down Native American legends. Before, these stories had only been passed down through word of mouth. She was born as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, on February 22, 1876, in South Dakota. Her mother was a Yankton Sioux, and her father was an American …

Julia Child

Julia Child was a marvelous chef, journalist and even a well-known television personality. Time magazine described her as the “Lady of the Ladle.” Julia Child is known for being the first lady to branch out from cooking at home to working as a professional chef. Julia changed the face of cooking in America because she made it into a fun …

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald is a famous American jazz singer. Jazz is a style of music that was invented by African American musicians in the South. Ella was born on April 25, 1917, and grew up in the state of New York. As a child, Ella loved school and was very bright. She also loved to dance and sing. Ella started to …

Ella Mae Lentz

Ella Mae Lentz is a deaf American teacher, poet, actress, and advocate for ASL. ASL stands for American Sign Language. ASL is used by people who are unable to hear, which allows them to use their hands and facial expressions to communicate. Like spoken languages, sign language is different in different countries. ASL is the sign language we use in …

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta is an activist. An activist is someone who fights for equal human rights for everybody no matter their skin color, gender, or race. She was born on April 10, 1930, in New Mexico to Mexican parents. Six years later, Dolores’ mom moved the family out to California. Dolores really liked learning and loved school. Her mom made sure …

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange is a famous American photographer that used her pictures to share people’s stories. She was born on May 26, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey to German immigrants. Growing up she loved art, reading, and going to plays and concerts with her family. When she was seven years old she became sick with polio. The virus made her right …

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is a world famous scientist and inventor. She works to give animals a better life. Temple was born August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the oldest of the four siblings. She was diagnosed with autism at the age of two and a half and was told she was not like the other kids. Every day we …