Women’s History month occurs every march. The month acknowledges the amazing contributions women have had throughout history. Here are 10 amazing women to honor during this month.
- Rosa Parks
By refusing to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama, city bus in 1955, black seamstress Rosa Parks helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States.
- Marie Curie
A physicist and a chemist, she lead the way for the study of radiation. She won the Nobel Peace prize in 1903 and 1911.
- Frida Khalo
Considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists, she began painting after she was injured in a bus accident. She later became politically active as a communist artist.
- Mary Wollstonecraft
A prominent feminist writer in the 1800’s she also opened a school for young women and wrote pamphlet Thoughts on the education of daughters.
- Aelia Earhart
A pioneering aviator and inspirational figure, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and set many other records throughout her career. Her disappearance in 1937 during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe devastated admirers across the United States.
Egypt’s greatest queen despite not having an ounce of Egyptian blood in her. Cleopatra was known by the Roman Empire as the great seductress of the Mediterranean.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
First Lady Roosevelt, who raised five children, was involved in Democratic Party politics and numerous social reform organizations. In the White House, she was one of the most active first ladies in history and worked for political, racial and social justice.
- Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.
- Sojourner Truth
Was an abolitionist and women’s rights activist. She was born into slavery but escaped in 1826 with her infant daughter. Her best-known speech was delivered extemporaneously, in 1851, at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.
- Florence Nightingale
Served during the Crimean war, she was the first woman to lead a group of army nurses in 1853. She was an English social reformer and a statistician. She’s considered the founder of modern nursing.