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In recognition of Women's History Month, the Academy of Achievement presents a selection of extraordinary women who have defied expectations, broken boundaries, and made history around the world. They include courageous political leaders and human rights activists, recipients of the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, award-winning actresses, musicians, screenwriters and film directors, as well as outstanding athletes, educators, journalists, explorers, physicians, philanthropists, broadcasters and entrepreneurs. Their words and their example are an inspiration to us all.

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Picabo Street

Picabo Street is an American alpine ski racer who won gold medals in the super G at the 1988 Winter Olympics and in the downhill at the 1996 World Championships, along with three other Olympic and World Championship medals. When she participated in the 1996 Achievement Summit she was hailed as the greatest woman downhill racer in the world. In 1995, Picabo Street was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s “Sportswoman of the Year.” She was born in a tiny Idaho mining town and her parents called her Baby Girl until she was five years old, and then chose Picabo, the name of a Native American tribe. As a teenager, she burst onto the U.S. Ski Team with natural talent, fearless and freckled. At age 16, Picabo Street won the national junior downhill and super G titles. Two years later, her bright promise dimmed, but eventually she whipped herself into shape, rejoined the team, and started winning again. In 1994, she raced into the public spotlight as the Winter Olympic silver medalis...

13 MIN1996 JUN 29
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Picabo Street

Bonnie Blair

Bonnie Blair is one of the top skaters of her time and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. She competed for the United States in four Olympics and won five gold medals. Blair was heralded in the media as “the 5’-4’’ Colossus on Skates.” As a cheerful, bright-eyed child, she followed her five older brothers and sisters onto the ice skating rink. Bonnie Blair immediately found a passion for the sport, and began competing in skating at the age of four. She later competed in popular “pack racing” on short tracks but, being small, she had a hard time elbowing her way to the front of the pack. At age 16, she made her first trip to a larger Olympic track, and skated against the clock, dazzled the crowd, and made the national team. Blair trained daily, gained astonishing power, and nourished a fierce desire to win. Five years later, she became the top women’s sprinter on the Olympic team. Blair became the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Woman “Speed Skater of the Year...

7 MIN1992 JUN 27
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Bonnie Blair

Susan Butcher

Susan Howlet Butcher was an animal lover, a business woman, a wife and a mother. She was also called "the best competitive dog sled racer in the universe." Before her, there were many women who competed in sports, but not many who entered the race called the Iditarod, one that took her 1,152 miles across the Alaskan wilderness, enduring 100 m.p.h. winds, arctic blizzards, snow blindness, wild animals, thin ice, sleep deprivation, avalanches, and every other hardship nature can inflict in the land of the midnight sun. Butcher won this race four times in five years, so often that "Iditarod," as well as the sport of mushing, became synonymous with her name. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, her love of the wilderness and animals drew her to Alaska when she was 20 years old. Starting out with only two dogs, doing odd jobs during the summer months in order to live through the long winters, she eventually rose to become the most famous dog musher in the world. She also became an outspoken ad...

7 MIN1988 JUL 2
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Susan Butcher
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Latest Episodes

Picabo Street

Picabo Street is an American alpine ski racer who won gold medals in the super G at the 1988 Winter Olympics and in the downhill at the 1996 World Championships, along with three other Olympic and World Championship medals. When she participated in the 1996 Achievement Summit she was hailed as the greatest woman downhill racer in the world. In 1995, Picabo Street was selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s “Sportswoman of the Year.” She was born in a tiny Idaho mining town and her parents called her Baby Girl until she was five years old, and then chose Picabo, the name of a Native American tribe. As a teenager, she burst onto the U.S. Ski Team with natural talent, fearless and freckled. At age 16, Picabo Street won the national junior downhill and super G titles. Two years later, her bright promise dimmed, but eventually she whipped herself into shape, rejoined the team, and started winning again. In 1994, she raced into the public spotlight as the Winter Olympic silver medalis...

13 MIN1996 JUN 29
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Picabo Street

Bonnie Blair

Bonnie Blair is one of the top skaters of her time and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. She competed for the United States in four Olympics and won five gold medals. Blair was heralded in the media as “the 5’-4’’ Colossus on Skates.” As a cheerful, bright-eyed child, she followed her five older brothers and sisters onto the ice skating rink. Bonnie Blair immediately found a passion for the sport, and began competing in skating at the age of four. She later competed in popular “pack racing” on short tracks but, being small, she had a hard time elbowing her way to the front of the pack. At age 16, she made her first trip to a larger Olympic track, and skated against the clock, dazzled the crowd, and made the national team. Blair trained daily, gained astonishing power, and nourished a fierce desire to win. Five years later, she became the top women’s sprinter on the Olympic team. Blair became the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Woman “Speed Skater of the Year...

7 MIN1992 JUN 27
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Bonnie Blair

Susan Butcher

Susan Howlet Butcher was an animal lover, a business woman, a wife and a mother. She was also called "the best competitive dog sled racer in the universe." Before her, there were many women who competed in sports, but not many who entered the race called the Iditarod, one that took her 1,152 miles across the Alaskan wilderness, enduring 100 m.p.h. winds, arctic blizzards, snow blindness, wild animals, thin ice, sleep deprivation, avalanches, and every other hardship nature can inflict in the land of the midnight sun. Butcher won this race four times in five years, so often that "Iditarod," as well as the sport of mushing, became synonymous with her name. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, her love of the wilderness and animals drew her to Alaska when she was 20 years old. Starting out with only two dogs, doing odd jobs during the summer months in order to live through the long winters, she eventually rose to become the most famous dog musher in the world. She also became an outspoken ad...

7 MIN1988 JUL 2
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Susan Butcher
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