Name that Woman Trailblazer: She made history as the first woman with Down Syndrome to compete in a Miss USA state pageant. Over the years, she has garnered many credits to her name, including Special Olympics athlete, gymnast (level 3), golfer, and model. She has been featured in campaigns for Sephora, Rosedale Mall, and Sigma Beauty, and is clearly, no stranger to the spotlight.
Answer: Mikayla Holmgren.
Name that Woman Trailblazer: American soccer player who became the first international star of the women’s game. Playing forward, she starred on the U.S. national team that won World Cup championships in 1991 and 1999 and Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004.
Answer: Mia Hamm.
Name that Woman Trailblazer: She is first woman to swim from mainland Rhode Island to Block Island. The 29-year-old, three-time Olympian, said she is “humbled and honored” to have made the achievement. They swam the 10.4 miles in September 2021 in five hours and 19 minutes. Her swim helped raise funds for cancer research and programs her dad died from pancreatic cancer several months earlier, and she began her swim next to his favorite restaurant, Ocean Mist.
Answer: Elizabeth Beisel.
Name that Woman Trailblazer: She was a professor emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and an internationally recognized scientist whose groundbreaking cancer research is considered among the greatest advances in treating breast cancer. She pioneered the development of aromatase inhibitors, which are now considered among the most important contributions toward treating estrogen-driven breast cancer.
Answer: Angela H. Brodie, PhD.