Women Who Rock: Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day!

I love tv. And I love it even more when I can learn something through my favorite show. “30 Rock” had a Valentine’s Day episode entitled “Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day!” in which the lead character, Liz Lemon, bitterly scoffs at Valentine’s Day and instead chooses to honor the birthday of Anna Howard Shaw.

I had no idea who Anna Howard Shaw was before this episode, and after doing some Googling to learn more about her, I found that she was really an amazing woman. The Wilderness Girls have decided that in honor of her birthday, Anna Howard Shaw is the recipient of this month’s “Women Who Rock” feature.


Name: Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919)

Why She Rocks: She is the embodiment of a self-made woman. Her father abandoned her with her mother and five siblings, so at the age of twelve, she had to support her struggling family. Passionate about education and the church, she was inspired by Reverend Marianna Thompson to attend high school, and after becoming active in the Methodist Church, she was licensed to preach at the age of 24. In addition to ministering at two churches, she earned a medical degree from Boston University, but set aside her medical career to fight for women’s suffrage and world peace.

Famous Quote: “Nothing bigger can come to a human being than to love a great cause more than life itself.”

Additional Information: Learn more about Anna Howard Shaw at the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

We are going to continue to feature other “women who rock” each month, bringing focus to a woman who we admire, be it a historical figure or someone in our own lives. Do you have someone you would like to see featured on our site? Leave a note in the comments section below.


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