My Heroes

TFK asked some successful women about women they look up to.

February 28, 2014

SYLVIA EARLE works to help protect the world's oceans.

"MY MOTHER. She allowed me to get wet and muddy, and to explore on my own at an early age. Also, my hero, Eugenie Clark, who tucked me under her flipper for diving expeditions."

CAT CORA is the first woman to be named an Iron Chef on the TV show Iron Chef America.

"ROSA PARKS and Mother Teresa. These women never wavered in their determination to change the world for the better."

NATALIE COUGHLIN is a champion swimmer. She has won 12 Olympic medals.

"ALICE WATERS. The chef's Edible Schoolyard program teaches kids science and humanities in a fun way. Children are empowered with the knowledge of taking care of themselves and the environment."

FAITH RINGGOLD is an artist and a writer.

"ROSA PARKS. She worked for civil rights by refusing to move to the back of the bus. My book If a Bus Could Talk tells her story.

KAREN NYBERG is an astronaut. She spent six months on the International Space Station.

"The first group of six women who were selected as ASTRONAUTS, in the 1970s. Everyone knows Sally Ride, but she was part of a group of women who made it possible for me and others to go into space."

JANE GOODALL spent 26 years studying wild chimpanzees. She continues to work to improve the world.

"I loved animals from the start, and MY MOTHER encouraged this. When I first traveled to Africa to study chimpanzees, she came with me for the first three months. She always told me that if I really wanted something, worked hard, and never gave up, I would succeed."

GABRIELLE GIFFORDS was a United States representative from Arizona. She does work to support responsible gun ownership.

"I've always looked up to ISABELLA GREENWAY, the first U.S. congresswoman in Arizona. She worked hard to help veterans and the poor. She was a tough Western lady!"

To access the digital edition of TIME For Kids, go to

Current subscribers log in/register for 

Registered Users Log In

Forgot Password?
Register Now for FREE
Subscriber Benefits
Do it now to get all this:
  • Access to Interactive Digital Editions
  • Online Archives of Past Lessons & Teachers' Guides
  • Interactive Teacher Community
Website Login Page