Celebrating Women: 5 Unforgettable Female Figures Through History.
It's the start of women's history month, and what better way to celebrate than by learning about some incredible female figures throughout history? Today, we're honouring five unforgettable women who have made a remarkable impact. These inspiring ladies are sure to leave you in awe! So sit back, relax, and get ready to be inspired…
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) - an American suffragist and one of the first women to demand equal rights for women
Elizabeth Cady Stanton is an American hero that should be celebrated not only during Women's History Month but all year long. A pioneering suffragist and relentless critic of the institution of marriage, Stanton was part of a new generation of women who dared to dream of full civil rights for themselves and all women. She helped to organize the first ever Woman’s Rights Convention in 1848 and pushed to ensure that women were given proper legal representation and protection under the law. Her passion and drive doing incredible things with her unwavering perseverance paved a way to real equality that is still being carried forward today.
Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) - an African American abolitionist and women's rights activist
Sojourner Truth is a remarkable woman whose life was dedicated to causes of truth and justice. Her incredible story is one steeped in resilience, courage and advocacy against slavery and oppression. Born Isabella Baumfree into an enslaved African American family in 1797, she acquired the name Sojourner during her spiritual transition to liberation when she became free. As an activist for emancipation for slaves, she was a respected speaker at public meetings across the United States during the 19th century. An inspirational leader for women’s rights, it is said that her most famous address delivered at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention will live on forever with its impactful line: ‘Ain’t I a woman?’
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) - an American civil rights leader who fought for both women's suffrage and the abolition of slavery
Before Hilary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, there was Susan B. Anthony, an American civil rights leader who dedicated her life to fighting for both women's suffrage and the abolition of slavery over a century ago. She was born in 1820, turning her parent’s home into an Underground Railroad Station. At fourteen she started lecturing on temperance with the Women's Rights Movement to follow shortly after. Throughout her life Susan tirelessly worked to obstruct discrimination against both African Americans and Women, founding many organizations such as The National Women Suffrage Association, The American Equal Rights Association, and Revolution newspaper while also authoring countless speeches and articles. Her work paved the way for future generations of strong women brave enough to stand up for their rights and fight for justice.
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) - an American aviator who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
Amelia Earhart was an incredible American aviator who made world history when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. Earhart's journey was around 2,000 miles and took just under 15 hours - a feat that inspired many female pilots that followed her. It is only right to recognize her legacy this Women's History Month; despite facing strong opposition from males in the aviation industry, she persevered and proved them all wrong. In total, she set multiple altitude and speed records during her short flying career before disappearing during an attempted round-the-world flight in 1937. Amelia Earhart's powerful story of hope and undaunted courage continues to be remembered today.
Rosa Parks (1913-2005) - an African American civil rights activist best known for her role in the Montgomery bus boycott
Rosa Parks was an inspirational and courageous civil rights activist, most famously known for her refusal to move from her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955. This brave act sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, which lasted for nearly a year. She went down in history as one of the first people to challenge the concept of racial segregation at a local level and helped establish an essential building block for today's civil rights movement. Outside of her activism, Rosa Parks spent her time as a seamstress and until 1996 served on the board of directors at the NAACP. As we begin Women’s History Month, there’s no better time or person to honour than Rosa Parks; she proved that with courage and determination, we can make change no matter our circumstances!
How will you inspire?
We've just highlighted five remarkable women who made history and pushed our society forward. By recognizing and celebrating their bravery, we are setting the stage for more people to have the courage to stand up against injustice and fight for what is right. Every day since their contributions, countless more continue to make a difference against unfairness and discrimination. Women's History Month should be about acknowledging those individuals who paved the way, but also inspiring us all to do our part - no matter how big or small it may be. From Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Rosa Parks, these historical figures demonstrate that true equality is possible when we join forces with one another. So let's make sure their legacies are not forgotten by celebrating each of them this month and always!