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Kalpana Chawla: the First Woman of Indian origin to go to Space

Kalpana Chawla smiling for the cameraKalpana Chawla spent her whole life chasing her dreams of being an astronaut. In 1997, she made history as the first woman of Indian origin to go to Space. Kalpana Chawla created opportunities,…

Jane Jacobs and the Future of Architecture and City Planning

textWhat influences the character and development of a New York City neighborhood? Who decides which voices are heard in the face of urban renewal and expansion? How did one woman’s love for New York City empower…

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell: First Woman in American History to Receive a Medical Degree

a vintage photo of Elizabeth BlackwellHow do local leaders arise from a community need? Which doctors have shaped the history of public health in New York City? How did Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell go from abject poverty and social…

Influential Voice in Music & Culture: Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson posing for the cameraWho are the most influential voices in music and culture? Whose stories have shaped New York City legacies? How did Marian Anderson make history with resilience and a great singing voice? Marian Anderson…

Off-Broadway Producer Ellen Stewart and the La MaMa Theater

a large brick buildingWhen the risk was high and the funding was non-exist, who made space for experimental art in New York City? How did a young black woman, designing clothes at Bergdorf Goodman,…

Elizabeth Milbank Anderson’s Infrastructural Changes in NYC

Whose influence shapes a city’s infrastructure? How have solutions emerged from tragedies throughout history? How did one wealthy woman touch the lives of thousands of poor children? Why does she receive so little credit? Is her story important to tell? In 1884, 34-year-old Elizabeth Milbank Anderson inherited a massive fortune. Her dad–Jeremiah Milbank–co-founded the Borden…