For centuries, Women have been a marginalized group in different parts of the world. Women fought for equality, freedom of speech, vote, drive, work, receive equal pay, and many other basic rights! While we have come a long way there are many more obstacles to overcome in this journey ❤️
Today we are celebrating and acknowledging Women who have paved the way and continue to pave the way all across the Globe.
Here’s a List of Some Iconic Women Who Have Made History
Sojourner Truth (1797 – 1883) African-American abolitionist and women’s rights campaigner. In 1851, gave a famous extemporaneous speech “Ain’t I a woman?” which explained in plain language how women were equal to men.
Margaret Fuller (1810–1850) An American women’s rights advocate. Her book Women in the Nineteenth Century (1845) was influential in changing perceptions about men and women, and was one of the most important early feminist works. She argued for equality and women being more self-dependent and less dependent on men.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896) A lifelong anti-slavery campaigner. Her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a bestseller and helped to popularize the anti-slavery campaign. Abraham Lincoln later remarked that her books were a major factor behind the American civil war.
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) American Campaigner against slavery and for the promotion of women’s and workers rights. She began campaigning within the temperance movement and this convinced her of the necessity for women to have the vote. She toured the US giving countless speeches on the subjects of human rights.
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928) A British suffragette, Emily Pankhurst dedicated her life to the promotion of women’s rights. She explored all avenues of protest including violence, public demonstrations and hunger strikes. She died in 1928, 3 weeks before a law giving all women over 21 the right to vote.
Coco Chanel (1883–1971) French fashion designer. One of the most innovative fashion designers, Coco Chanel was instrumental in defining feminine style and dress during the 20th Century. Her ideas were revolutionary; in particular she often took traditionally male clothes and redesigned them for the benefit of women.
Rosa Parks (1913–2005) American civil rights activist. Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama, indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history. She sought to play down her role in the civil rights struggle but for her peaceful and dignified campaigning she became one of the most well respected figures in the civil rights movements.
Oprah Winfrey (1954– ) American talk show host and businesswoman. Oprah Winfrey was the first woman to own her own talk show. Her show and book club are very influential, focusing on issues facing American women.
Hilary Clinton (1947 – ) US politician who became the first women to run for the office of US president for a major political party (Democrats). Also served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.
Tegla Loroupe (1973– ) Kenyan athlete. Loroupe held the women’s marathon world record and won many prestigious marathons. Since retiring from running, she has devoted herself to various initiatives promoting peace, education and women’s rights. In her native Kenya, her Peace Race and Peace Foundation have been widely praised for helping to end tribal conflict.
Malala Yousafzai (1997– ) Pakistani schoolgirl who defied threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education. She survived being shot in the head by the Taliban and has become a global advocate for women’s rights, especially the right to education.
Maya Angelou. (1928-2014) American poet, writer and campaigner. Wrote a poem for Bill Clinton’s inauguration ceremony which expressed the hopes and aspirations of a whole generation.
Shirley Chisholm (1924 – 2005) The first black Congresswoman, she was elected to the House of Representatives for NY in 1968. She used her time in Congress to campaign for women and civil rights. She served from ’68 to ’83 and was the first black women to run for the Democratic Presidential nomination.
🤛🏽Women have been the backbone and brains while overcoming every obstacle and injustice thrown at them.
🤛🏽Women have taken care of their families while fighting for rights and doing it soooo elegantly. 🙂
🤛🏽Women are strong, women are independent, women are nurtures, women are smart, women are UNSTOPPABLE!
“We really are up against tremendous battles. We are held to different standards by a lot of people. We are considered cute instead of serious. And when we are serious, we’re considered scary. And so, you know, you’re too serious. You’re too professional. You become a threat. And so it’s at this point where you really just have to be you, and you have to just kind of put people in their place, you know.” – Whitney Wolfe, CEO and Founder, Bumble
“Women are leading the movement in this country. I think it’s an important time and women have the power to make a huge change. Not only in their own lives and their own communities, but frankly in the direction of the country.” – Cecile Richards, Activist and Former President, Planned Parenthood