MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month. This celebration is to honor the extraordinary achievements of American women. Here in Mississippi, we have many women to celebrate who were and are trailblazers and excellent examples for both women and men.
Our state is also well known for its list of famous writers. Among those are two Pulitzer Prize winners: Eudora Welty won for Fiction, and Beth Henley won for her play, Crimes of the Heart. Other famous writers and award winners include Ellen Douglas and Kathryn Stockett.
Biloxi can proudly claim Ann Moore, first female Chair/CEO of the New York Times.
Mississippi representation in the entertainment industry includes country music singer Faith Hill, actress Sela Ward, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts and Oprah Winfrey.
The Pine Belt can proudly claim Metropolitan opera singer Leontine Price, from Laurel; Oseola McCarty, USM's most famous benefactor; and Evelyn Gandy, first woman elected to a statewide office in 1959 and later, Mississippi's first female Lt. governor.
Consider This: Mississippi has many fine women who have made valuable contributions to society. Let's be sure to celebrate these and the many other fine Mississippi women who have inspired us all.