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Nevertheless She ___________

These women persisted. They defied the odds. They defied others. They defied expectations for women and of women. They shaped history and transformed their stories into examples of resilient herstories. Each of them persevered. Nevertheless.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, First Lady and civil rights activist that brought Black singer Marian Anderson to perform at Lincoln Memorial defying societal standards at the time.

Nevertheless She shunned prejudice meant to withhold exceptional talents like Marian Anderson from the world.

" You had an opportunity to lead in an enlightened way and it seems to me that your organization [Daughters of the American Revolution] has failed. I realize that many people will not agree with me, but feeling as I do this seems to me the only proper procedure to follow."

KATHERINE JOHNSON, a mathematician for NASA that helped compute the first manned missions into space.

Nevertheless She broke with the standard at the time in being an educated woman and Black woman in rooms where doors often weren't open for those like her.

"I just happened to be working with guys and when they had briefings, I asked permission to go. And they said, 'Well, the girls don't usually go.' and I said, 'Well, is there a law?' They said, 'No.' So then my boss said, 'Let her go.' "

HEDDY LAMARR, actress and inventor that contributed ultimately to the invention of Wifi.

Nevertheless She reimagined what an inventor could be and could look like.

"The world isn't getting any easier. With all these new inventions I believe that people are hurried more and pushed more... The hurried way is not the right way; you need time for everything - time to work, time to play, time to rest."

Quotes credit: FunZumo, Bumsumo

As we gleam over examples of fierce females this month, how are you shaping your own herstories? Like in business, how are you carving your own niche to maximize your strengths?

What will you choose to do next, nevertheless?