Happy International Women’s Day! Since I already have a thread going on twitter, I thought I would actually write about it and give you guys some empowering and inspiring women who smashed the patriarchy.
1. Eleanor Roosevelt.
Eleanor Roosevelt was a first lady, served at the United Nations, and was the first chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. She was known for being outspoken on human rights issues, racial relations, and women’s rights. She was a champion for women in politics and changed what it meant to be a first lady. She is and always will be an inspiration for women and activists around the world. *
Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban when she was fourteen years old because she refused to ignore her right to education. She was seventeen years old when she received the Nobel Peace Prize. She fights for education for women around the world and is inspiring a new generation of intelligent and freedom-seeking women. **
3. Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball was the first woman to run a major television company. Her and her first husband, Desi Arnaz, may have been, if not surely, the first interracial couple on television. She was a comedian, actress, and model. She is best known for her self-produced famous show, I Love Lucy. ***
4. Mary Wollstonecraft
While not well-known today, Mary Wollstonecraft was a pioneer of her time. She was a feminist writer and philosopher during the Enlightenment in Europe. The Enlightenment was a time of new ideas and invention, however women’s education was not included in that. Mary Wollstonecraft wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women, and in it she wrote about how women are not seen as humans, they are seen as simply “women,” which men saw as something below human. She encouraged women to go into the male-dominated fields. ****
By the way, her daughter was Mary Shelley! As in, the author of Frankenstein!
5. J.K. Rowling
One of my personal favorites, J.K. Rowling is a British author, screenwriter, and producer. Obviously, she is most famous for her Harry Potter series. She was the first author (ever!) to become a billionare, however it is reported that now she is only a millionare. Yes, only. In her Harry Potter series, there are several fantastic feminist icons. For example. Miss Hermione Granger, “the brightest witch of her age,” and Professor McGonagall who is not afraid to lay down the law. And she proved that women can make just as good, if not better, villains than men. *****
These are some of my personal favorites, although I could name dozens of other women who I am so thankful for. I also think that is important that we remember the women who came before us and fought for our right to education, to vote, and to do so many other things we take for granted. (Seriously, you’d be surprised what we had to work for.)
I hope you all have a wonderful, equal, and empowering International Women’s Day!