A celebration of women who have made their mark
Eleanor Roosevelt, considered to be an outstanding role model for women around the world, once famously said: "You must do the things you think you cannot." These inspiring words have been heeded by scores of strong and talented women, including the more than 22,000 women who live in Holiday Retirement communities. Some of these residents' stories are told as part of 20th Century Milestones: American Women's History Then and Now and through an infographic that celebrates Women's History Month.
Shattering gender-based stereotypes
Commonly born at a time when expectations and achievements were often set low for women, countless numbers of Holiday Retirement residents nevertheless lived (and still live!) large, showing courage and determination even in the face of discrimination.
Many other athletes chose to call Holiday Retirement home, including Olympian Judy Derego, 90, of Holiday Retirement's Edgewood Downs, who represented the United States in the 1952 Helsinki Games in the breaststroke. Another remarkable female resident known for her speed is Neva Holly, 92, of Holiday Retirement’s The Worthington. This former Malibu Grand Prix driver began racing in 1970, seven years before Janet Guthrie became the first woman to drive in the Indy 500.
Along with athletes and race car drivers, Holiday Retirement is also home to many residents with distinguished military backgrounds, such as 101-year-old Katherine Hayes of Holiday Retirement's Essington Place, one of only a few Americans to have received the Order of Military Medical Merit award.
Weighing in about notable women's issues
In addition to putting the spotlight on Holiday Retirement residents, this infographic discusses some of the major milestones American women have experienced over the last one hundred years, like earning the right to vote and getting the chance to hold influential roles in business and politics. It also sheds light on the survey results of more than 4,000 female residents in 2015, who gave their two cents about the accomplishments of American women, their hopes for women in the future, and their thoughts on female role models.
Incidentally, one-third of 2015 survey respondents endorse the aforementioned Eleanor Roosevelt, who made the rather cheeky observation that "well-behaved women rarely make history."
To read more about the accomplished and inspiring women of Holiday Retirement, check out 20th Century Milestones: American Women’s History Then and Now.
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