It's finally the first day of March ... which means we are not only starting our Spring cleaning, but we are celebrating and appreciating all of the amazing women who have paved the way for us today!
In 1987, the National Women's History Project (NWHP) helped lead a campaign to launch Women's History Month! So we use this month to immerse ourselves in learning about all female history-makers, from the big names to the unsung heroes. Now more than ever, it's crucial to continue to learn more about the female perspective throughout human history.
And we want to let you in on a little secret: every month is Woman's History Month ... but we'll just say this month is simply the anniversary! (wink wink)
Here are JUST A FEW remarkable and amazingly badass women who have paved the way for in HERstory:
Susan B. Anthony
Anthony is a crusader for the women's suffrage movement. Aside from her advocacy for women's suffrage, Anthony also campaigned extensively for the abolition of slavery and the labor rights of women.
Keller was an author, activist, and the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.Keller was a tremendous presence in advocating for people with disabilities, women's suffrage, and reproductive rights. In 1980, on the occasion of Keller's 100th, birthday, former president Jimmy Carter designated June 27 as Helen Keller Day in Pennsylvania.
Cácereswas an environmental activist and cofounder of Copinh (the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras). Cáceres fought for the human, environmental, and economic rights of the Lenca people, an indigenous group spread across western Honduras.
Also known as Madam C.J. Walker, Breedlove was the first female self-made millionaire in US history. After developing a line of beauty products designed specifically for black women, Breedlove established herself as a powerhouse entrepreneur and an icon of American innovation.
Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic. Earhart completed the record-breaking journey from the US to Ireland in nearly 15 hours. During an attempt to fly around the world in 1937, her aircraft disappeared mysteriously over the Pacific Ocean without a trace.
Parks was an activist and icon of American civil rights. Refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycotts and became a milestone in the struggle for American civil rights.
Ride was the first American woman in space. Sally Ride showed millions of little girls that their dreams of being an astronaut were just as valid as their brothers'.
Gandhi was the first and only female prime minister of India to date. In 1966, Gandhi became the first and only woman to become prime minister in India. She was elected prime minister once more in 1980, before she was assassinated by two of her bodyguards in 1984.