PROMINENT WOMEN FROM BUCKS COUNTY
International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8, but history is made every day when ordinary people step up to do extraordinary things. From the realm of popular music, to the silver screen and all the way to the constant fight for human rights, Bucks County has been home to a variety of women who followed their dreams and made an impact on both the county and the world. Read on to learn about Bucks County's leading ladies and what they did to change the face of history!
• Pearl S. Buck is best known for her humanitarian efforts as she sought rights for women and children across the globe. After publishing her best-selling novel "The Good Earth," which was awarded both a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize, Buck spent more than 30 years of her life in the bucolic countryside of Bucks County. From her home in Perkasie she continued her successful writing career while continuing her advocacy on humanitarian issues that were largely ignored by people of her generation. Buck's 1865 farmhouse is now open to the public as the Pearl S. Buck House and Historic Site. Operated by Pearl S. Buck International, this National Historic Landmark features a cultural center, beautiful gardens and seasonal exhibits to educate and enlighten guests.
• Dorothy Parker, who came to fame as a poet, short-story writer, critic and screenwriter, withdrew from her Manhattan elitist life to a cozy spot in rural Bucks County. After a visit to the area in 1936, Parker and her second husband purchased a farmhouse in Pipersville where they lived for 20 years. Parker rose in popularity when she wrote for Vanity Fair, eventually rising to serve on the board of editors for The New Yorker. Known best for her wit and satire, Parker was also a humanitarian who fought strongly for civil rights and liberties. Upon her death, she left her entire estate to the NAACP, who honored her with a plaque and memorial garden outside of their Baltimore headquarters. Parker is featured in the Creative Bucks County exhibit on display at the Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem. This interactive exhibit explores Dorothy Parker's life and the causes for which she advocated throughout her career.
• Margaret Mead, a cultural anthropologist best known for her controversial reports about attitudes towards sex in Eastern and Western cultures that informed the 1960s sexual revolution, got her humble beginnings growing up in Doylestown. During her childhood, Mead's family lived at Longland Farm in Buckingham Township. Also known as Margaret Mead Farm, this historic farm house still stands today and is currently on the National Register of Historic Places. Throughout her career, Mead authored 44 books and more than 1,000 academic articles in favor of women's rights throughout the globe.
• Alecia Moore, better known by her stage name P!nk, is a native of Doylestown who followed her dreams of being a professional singer-songwriter. While attending Central Bucks High School, Moore developed her voice and joined her first band. A few years later, she released her first single as a solo artist in 2000, and went on to become one of the most successful female artists of her generation, selling more than 50 million albums and winning three Grammy Awards. In 2009, she was named the #1 pop musician of the decade by Billboard Magazine and in 2013 was named Billboard's Woman of the Year. At the 2014 Grammy Awards, LL Cool J gave a special mention to Moore and her roots in his opening monologue, commenting, "Music even had the power to transform Alecia Moore, growing up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, into the very colorful artist now known around the world as P!nk. And may I say, it's been a beautiful transformation." Click here to watch the clip.
• Christina Perri, famous singer-songwriter known best for her hit "Jar of Hearts", is a Bensalem, Pennsylvania native. Her songs have been used on countless popular television shows including "Dancing with the Stars," "The Voice" and "So You Think You Can Dance." Perry also wrote and recorded the hit song "A Thousand Years" for the movie "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn." Her first ever album "Lovestrong" reached #4 on the Billboard charts.
• Hallie Jackson was born in Yardley and graduated from Pennsbury High School in 2002. She worked in many local news markets across the east coast before joining NBC News as a National Correspondent in 2014. In January 2017, she was named White House Correspondent and began anchoring in the afternoons on MSNBC. On February 16, 2017 she filled in for Savannah Guthrie and made her debut as weekday co-anchor on the TODAY Show with Matt Lauer.
• Lauren Holly was born in Bristol to parents working in the field of academia. Holly, who now resides in Canada, is an actress best known for her roles as Maxine Stewart in TV series "Picket Fences," Jenny Shephard in TV series "NCIS" and Mary Swanson in the 1994 film "Dumb & Dumber." Throughout her career she has appeared in more than 75 films and television series.