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This is Rosa: Read the Story of Rosa Parks

August 17, 2020

Rosa McCauley was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1913. When she was 2, her parents separated. Rosa moved with her mother to Pine Level, Alabama, to live with her grandparents. Rosa’s mother taught school in another town. She was able…

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This is Grace: Read the Story of Grace Hopper

August 17, 2020

Grace Murray was born in New York City in 1906. In an era when girls were expected to play house, Grace loved climbing trees, hiking, sailing, and reading. She also played basketball, hockey, and water polo—none of which was a…

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This is Amelia: Read the Story of Amelia Earhart

August 17, 2020

Amelia Earhart, known as Meelie when she was a child, loved to be swept away on adventures. Her father was a lawyer who worked for the Rock Island Railroad in Kansas City, Missouri. As the daughter of a railroad employee,…

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This is Patsy: Read the Story of Patsy Takemoto Mink

August 17, 2020

Patsy Takemoto Mink was born on the island of Maui, in Hawaii, in 1927. Her family lived on a sugar plantation, where her father worked as a civil engineer and surveyor. Patsy inherited his curiosity. And she couldn’t help but…

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This is Simone: Read the Story of Simone Biles

August 16, 2020

Simone Biles was a bright, bubbly, bouncy little girl. She couldn’t sit still, and her favorite place to be was the trampoline in her grandparents’ backyard, where she flipped and twisted in the air for hours. Any move her siblings…

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This is Chloe: Read the Story of Chloe Kim

August 16, 2020

Chloe Kim was born in Long Beach, California, in 2000. Her parents had moved to the U.S. from South Korea, with big dreams of a new life. When Chloe was 4, her father took her snowboarding in California’s San Gabriel…

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This is Babe: Read the Story of Babe Didrikson

August 16, 2020

Mildred Ella Didrikson was born in Texas in 1911. Her parents were from Norway. There, her mother had been known as an excellent skier and skater. Since she had five older siblings, Mildred was called Baby at home. To…

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This is Misty: Read the Story of Misty Copeland

August 16, 2020

Misty Copeland grew up in Southern California in the 1980s. She had five siblings, so she often had to compete for attention. Misty was shy and quiet, but she taught herself to do cartwheels and handstands, and pretended to perform…

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This is Wilma: Read the Story of Wilma Rudolph

August 16, 2020

Wilma Rudolph was born in 1940. The 20th of 22 children, she arrived prematurely, weighing only four and a half pounds. Many people in her small town in Tennessee didn’t think such a tiny baby would live to see her…

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This is Billie Jean: Read the Story of Billie Jean King

August 16, 2020

Billie Jean Moffitt was born in Long Beach, California, on November 22, 1943. Her whole family was athletic. Her mother swam and her father played basketball. At a time when few dads encouraged their daughters to play sports, Billie Jean’s…