Happy International Women's Day! - 10 Amazing Women in History
Today is International Women’s Day! Many people assume that International Women’s Day is simply a day for feminists, and while it certainly is a day that feminists will take more pride in, it’s a day for everyone to celebrate women! So to celebrate I took the time to do a bit of research and collaborate a list of ten amazing women in history:
- Rosa Parks played a major role in the American Civil Rights movement. She is best known for her role in sparking the Montgomery bus boycott.
- Malala Yousafzai is a young Pakistani activist for female education. Yousafzai was shot in 2012 on her way home from school by a gunman who was retaliating against her activism, but she survived and continued to fight for female rights to education and later won a Nobel Peace Prize.
- Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel peace prize and the only person to win a Nobel peace prize in two different types of science. She was both a chemist and a physicist who conducted research in radioactivity. One of her major contributions was her discovery of radium and other elements.
- Eleanor Roosevelt served as a first lady of the United States from March 1933- April 1945. She completely changed what it meant to be a first lady and was a major leader and activist through humanitarian causes during her life.
- Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to lead a democratic government in a Muslim majority population in Pakistan. She became prime minister after a military coup overthrew her father's government and was then elected into government.
- Beverley McLachlin was the first woman to hold the position as Chief of Justice in Canada's Supreme Court.
- Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun and spent the majority of her life doing charity work internationally with many patients in war-torn countries.
- Dr. Mae Jemison is an American physicist and was the first African American woman to enter space.
- Anne Frank was a German-born Jewish diarist and victim of the holocaust. During the Holocaust, Anne and her family were forced into hiding where she kept a diary. It was later published and is an account of the holocaust and a classic of war literature.
- Wangarri Muta Maathai was a Kenyan environmental political activist and the founder of the Green Belt Movement.
While the list could go on and on, this is just a few of the amazing women who have impacted the world, as women have done and will continue to do!
Happy International Women’s Day,