March is Women’s History Month, but what would the world be like without the bravery of womanhood? The answer is, quite frankly, hard to imagine. From politics, to science, to social justice, women have left an indelible mark on society and continue to do so today. Here are 8 of the many incredible women who's influence changed life as we know it.
Defying all odds, and a government that sought after oppressing her and her people, Harriet Tubman sacrificed her health and safety for her and her people’s freedom and saved countless lives! Tubman was born into slavery but found the strength to defy all odds stacked against her- she began her work on what we know as “the Underground Railroad” by retrieving members of her own family and sneaking back north of the Mason-Dixon. When the civil war began, she worked as a spy and nurse for the union and freed more than 700 enslaved people. We commemorate Harriet Tubman’s bravery and courage and her impact on American society as we know it today!
Rosa Parks being Finger-Printed after Bus Boycott altercation
Rosa Parks had a long day working as a seamstress in 1952, Montgomery, Alabama. She boarded a public bus, sat in the first seat available and the bus continued its very way. At the next stop, a Caucasian man entered the bus and noticed Ms. Parks seated in the “white’s only” section of the bus, the man asked for her seat, Montgomery, Alabama, and she refused for which she was arrested. With the help of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Parks organized a nationwide bus boycott and drew national attention to inhumane segregation laws in the Southern states. Her defiance against the status quo – to put this in retrospect: In a society where women were of lesser status than men, And the black woman was seen as the lowest status of all society. Parks stood firm in her convictions and sparked a revolution in American history and changed the world as we know it!
Kamala Harris greeting Mother and Child
Kamala Harris encapsulates the true American dynamic; a cultural melting pot where anyone can succeed! Representation matters and having Kamala Harris in office will spark future generations of all cultural backgrounds to work in public service! In 2021, Kamala Harris became the first woman, the first Black person and the first Asian American to hold the nation’s second-highest office. Harris initially chose a career as a lawyer, eventually making her way through public office positions and currently resides at the right hand of the President. Harris is a daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants and grew up during the 1960s civil rights era. Her passion for public service and her achievements in breaking glass ceilings hail Kamala Harris as an influential woman who changed life as we know it.
Oprah Winfrey in a Gorgeous Black Dress
Highly revered as one the most powerful women in the world, Oprah Winfrey is the picture-perfect image of what it means to be self-made. Winfrey was born in the rural town of Kosciusko, Mississippi, on January 29, 1954, and moved to Nashville to live with her father, Vernon. In 1971, Winfrey entered Tennessee State University and began working in radio and television broadcasting in Nashville. By 1986, Oprah Winfrey became the first Black female host of a nationally televised daily talk show with the premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Achievements aside, Winfrey has been referred to as the greatest Black philanthropist in American history, raising more than $50 million for charitable programs, including girls' education in South Africa and relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. With the help of President Bill Clinton, Winfrey helped pass a law into effect creating a nation-wide database for sexual abusers and child-related affairs. Winfrey’s philanthropic efforts have aided/will aid thousands if not millions in the incoming 10 years, and her legacy will continue to thrive for generations to come.
Serena Williams Wins Gold
Serena Williams can be categorized as none-other than the “Greatest Athlete in Human History” based off her achievements and decorated medals as a competitor. Single-handedly winning 23 Grand Slam titles (No Male athlete has overtaken this achievement from her) and 14 Grand Slams Doubles titles with the teamwork of her twin sister, Venus. April 2017, Serena announces her first pregnancy with her Husband, Alexis Ohanian and would miss the remainder of the 2017 season. Their first child was born in September, and Serena found her way back to the tennis court no later than 6 months postpartum. Although no titles were claimed by Williams in 2018, despite the career-revival postpartum, Williams found a spot in the finals for both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Serena Williams taught an entire world that success as an athlete is not defined by sex/gender but by the hard work of the individual and how bad the athlete wants it!
Amelia Earhart under her Lockhead Martin
Amelia Earhart championed the advancement of women in aviation. Although her career as a pilot was short lived, her life serves as a contribution to the history of American aviation. Amelia Earhart set many flying records, she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and the first person ever to fly solo from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland. During a solo flight around the globe, Earhart disappeared somewhere over the Pacific in July 1937. Sadly, wreckage was never found, and she was officially declared lost at sea. Her disappearance remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century. Earhart’s bravery into the unknown, and passion for success are tremendous qualities that inspire generations and aviators alike.
Margaret Hamilton next to her Written Code (NASA)
Margaret Hamilton, better known as one of the first computer software programmers, or “Software Engineer,” ranks among the most influential women in the world. She invented the term “software engineer” to describe her work as an American computer scientist. Hamilton is famously known as the scientist who helped write the computer code for the command and lunar modules used on the Apollo missions to the Moon in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Margaret Hamilton opened the gates for women to explore careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and simultaneously developed the foundation for the USA’s knowledge in astronautics.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Portrait
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (street name: RBG) if most famously recognized as the second female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, Bader taught at Rutgers University Law School and then at Columbia University, where she became its first female tenured professor. She served as the director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union during the 1970s and was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1980. Named to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, she continued to argue for gender equality in such cases as United States v. Virginia. She died September 18, 2020, due to complications from metastatic pancreas cancer.
9. The Women in Your Life
The women in your life are just as influential and deserve to be treated with such recognition as those above. And let's not forget about our pet moms either!! Show your appreciation by giving a gift that will make their heart sing! Sentimental gifts are always on the menu and with My Photo PETS, you can easily create the perfect picture of your furriest friend! Pet moms everywhere will love this adorable gift! This fun and easy to use service eliminates any unwanted background and leaves you with a beautiful, finished product including Bunny themes and any Spring-scapes your heart desires. Whether you're wanting to take your pet to the pasture or add a little flair to that cute snapshot, My Photo PETS is the answer!
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