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Introducing our epic new membership avatars, each depicting a bold, pioneering woman who made history.

When you create your free account, you’ll be allocated an avatar based on whether you’re a teacher, homeschooler or student.

Here’s the lowdown on these three legendary women.

Bessie Coleman

Students, prepare for lift off with Bessie Coleman!

A fierce pioneer for women’s rights and racial equality, Brave Bessie soared to prominence in America in the 1920s.

After being rejected from numerous flight schools across the US on the basis of her race and gender, Bessie learnt French and was finally accepted to Caudron Brothers’ School of Aviation in Le Crotoy, France.

Bessie earned her international pilot’s licence and returned home, performing daring aerial displays and becoming a strong advocate for racial and gender equality.

Sadly, Bessie died following a plane accident in 1925, however her legacy of courage and activism has made her an international icon.

“I refused to take no for an answer.”

Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman and her plane (1922)

Elizabeth I

Teachers, take command with England’s formidable queen, Elizabeth I!

Elizabeth became queen in 1558, inheriting an almost bankrupt nation facing deep religious turmoil at home and significant threats from abroad.

Elizabeth is widely credited for restoring economic prosperity, permitting greater religious tolerance and enacting pioneering social reforms.

Perhaps Elizabeth is best remembered for defeating the Spanish Armada in 1588, when an imposing fleet of 130 ships set sail for Britain. Whilst most of the Spanish Armada’s losses were caused by disease and foul weather, it was nonetheless a significant victory and established the prestige of the Royal Navy.

A master of self-promotion and sharp political manoeuvres, Elizabeth was truly a force to be reckoned with!

“I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.”

Elizabeth I

Rosa Parks

Homeschoolers, take a stand with iconic civil rights activist, Rosa Parks!

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

This act of defiance prompted the black community to boycott buses in Montgomery and resulted in a landmark court ruling that bus segregation was unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.

Her actions had significant personal repercussions, as she lost her job and faced threats and racial abuse. Undeterred, she worked diligently to promote racial equality throughout her life, working for John Conyers, an African-American US Representative, for many years.

Rosa Parks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton in 1996 and is remembered as one of the most important figures in the US civil rights movement.

“Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.”

Rosa Parks

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Written by Chris Hobbs