Women Making History

We are proud to honor some of the pioneers who left their mark on history, as well as those who enrich our lives every day.  


People across our community honored women in all walks of life by letting us know about a woman they admired, past or present. A committee selected by CADL had the honor of choosing four entries to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. 

Read about these four amazing women below.


Kay C. - Nominated by Elizabeth C.

My Grandmother, Kay Chatfield is the most Amazing Woman I know personally. When I encounter a problem or I just don’t know how to handle a situation I always stop to think, What would my Grandma do? She is kindness personified. It does not matter to her who you are, how you are, or how you live your life, she loves everyone for who they are. She is constantly giving of herself to those around her and those in need. My Grandmothers strength is kindness and I hope to be half the woman she is some day.

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Malala Yousafzai - Nominated Anonymously

One amazing woman that I admire is Malala Yousafzai. She shared her beliefs about the importance of education for girls and young women in a diary despite the Taliban's desire to ban girls going to school. She was shot for her beliefs but survived. She was the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize, at age 14, and continues to campaign for girls' rights. Her story helps remind me that it is important to stand up for what you truly believe is right, even when faced with strong opposition. She is an inspiration.


Melissa K. (left) - Nominated by Kyle K. on behalf of their daughter (right).

A woman that I admire is my Mom. My Mom does multiple jobs, she attends to three different kids, she is my teacher, my mom, and my friend. She does things that I know I would never be able to do myself.

My Mom does so many things for me. She makes me feel loved. I really don’t know how to thank her. Even though my mom might not be on the cover of a book, she is worthy of anything anyone could ever have.

Read the full entry here.


Maya Angelou - Nominated Anonymously

Her incredible mastery of words bring inspiration that will be remembered for all time. A lady that, at one time did not speak for five years, grew from her quiet shell to write incredible poetry. 

A model for the Amanda Gibson generation.


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PHOTO COLLAGE (Left to right):  

Grace Murray Hopper—US Navy Rear Admiral & computer programming  trailblazer

Lucille Ball—Studio owner and TV production pioneer 

Dr. Mae C. Jemison—First black woman to travel in space 

Justice Sonia Sotomayor—First Hispanic and Latina member of the Supreme Court 

Wilma Rudolph—Olympic champion in track & field