What does it take to make a change? From Rosa Parks to Marie Curie to Sacagawea, there is no shortage of powerful women who have made their mark on history. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th and Women’s History month for the entire month of March, I am going to spotlight just a few of the women who changed your life.
- Lucretia Mott
Mott was the pioneer of the women’s right movement. She fought for equal rights among all people. In 1833, she helped to form the Female Anti-Slavery Society and organized the Seneca Falls Convention, a landmark women’s rights gathering.
Her words to live by: “The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation, because in the degradation of woman, the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.”
2. Maya Angelou
Angelou wrote seven autobiographical books, including her most well known I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She was an active voice during the American cilvil rights movement. In addition to her writings, Angelou made many people rethink their ideas about sex workers bu writing about her own experience as a sex worker.
Her words to live by: “Be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud”
3. Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace was the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, one of England’s greatest poets. Despite her father’s literary achievements, she is known for being the first computer programmer.
Her words to live by: “That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show.”
4. Madeleine Albright
Albright became the first female secretary of state in 1996, she paved the way for Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. She has never been afraid to speak her mind: She recently told CNN that the 2016 GOP primary race is “like children in a school yard calling each other names.”
Her words to live by: “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.”