Happy International Women’s Day. Thank you to all the women who have contributed to make this world a better place. National Women’s Week began in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter. Below I have created a list of important women and a brief description of their accomplishments.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg- advocate to dismantle gender discrimination. Second Woman to serve for the Supreme Court.
Dolores Huerta– One of the most influential labor activist in the 20th century and leader of the Chicano Civil Right movement.
Winona Laduke– A Native American Activist, economist, author. She devoted her life to advocating for indigenous control of their homelands, natural resources, and cultural practices.
Audre Lorde– Poet and author she wrote about being an African American lesbian.
Margot Sanger- Margot founded the birth control movement and became advocate for women’s reproductive rights.
Sonia Sotomayor- First Hispanic and third women appointed to the Supreme Court Justice.
Malala Yousafzai- An advocate for women’s education.
Alice Wong- The founder and the director of the Disability Visibility Project which is an online community that fosters and amplifies disability media and culture.
Susan B. Anthony- Most visible leader from Women’s Suffrage Movement
Betsy Ross- credited for sewing the first United States flag.
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Important facts regarding women:
- Every year, Women’s History Month has a theme. The theme for 2022 is “Women providing healing, Promoting hope.”
- Wyoming Territory was the first place to grant women the right to vote.
- The 19th Amendment did not allow all women the right to vote.
- Women couldn’t get credit cards by themselves until 1974.
- More women are earning college degrees than men.
- The gender gap still persists.
- Women make up 57.8% of the labor force.
Written by Denisse Ochoa, BA Sociology Candidate at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, ZCenter Outreach Intern
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