Happy March a.k.a Women’s History Month!
We’re always celebrating, especially for the achievements of women. We thrive in March because that’s what it’s all about.
March 8th is International Women’s Day, the global day to share your love for all women and their social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,” putting innovative women at the forefront of our minds this month.
To kick it all off, we’re looking back at some cool, influential trailblazers who deserve so much recognition for their achievements!
- A women’s rights and education activist who became the youngest person ever to receive a Nobel Prize.
- A 17-year-old Swedish environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition.
Susan B. Anthony
- She helped lead the way in achieving women's right to vote and co-founded the Women’s Suffrage Association and spent her life advocating for equal rights.
- The first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was essential in forming The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.
- The first woman in European history to be elected prime minister, serving three consecutive terms.
- One of the greatest and most recognized jazz singers of all time, Ella was awarded 12 Grammy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- A conductor on the Underground Railroad who led more than 300 slaves to freedom.
- A successful physicist and chemist who was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, and only woman to win twice. She also discovered radioactivity.
Simone de Beauvoir
- A political activist, feminist, writer and philosopher who wrote The Second Sex, a book credited with starting second-wave feminism.
- A feminist and women’s rights activist who opened a women’s health clinic, created the term “birth control” and had the Food and Drug Administration approve the first oral contraception.
- A singer and song-writer who was the first woman to ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
- One of the NASA mathematicians who assisted with the calculations to successfully send the first man to the moon.
- The first woman to successfully climb Mount Everest, and also the first woman ever to reach the Seven Peaks, the highest points of all seven continents.
- A Mexican artist who became one of the highest-selling women in art. She has become an important figure for feminism and LGBTQ rights.
- A Stanford-grad astrophysicist who became the first American woman to travel to space.
Dr. Mae C. Jemison
- The first African American woman to be accepted into NASA’s astronaut program. She also became the first African American woman to fly into space.
- A civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat on a segregated Alabama bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- The first female secretary of state who advocated for human rights and fought to prevent the expansion of nuclear weapons.
Judge Sonia Sotomayer
- The first Hispanic woman to be appointed to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
- The first American woman to earn her international pilot’s license.
- As publisher of the Washington Post, she was the first female publisher of a major American newspaper.
Sanda Day O’Connor
- The first woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
Celebrate all of these historical women’s achievements, and remember to take a sec to appreciate the women in your life!