If you follow me on Instagram then you know that March is Women’s History Month! About a month ago I wrote about what feminism really means. This month on Instagram I’ve been honoring a woman every day who has pioneered not only women but the world further in science, politics, the arts, and more.
Women’s History Month is important because just like one of Black History Month’s purposes, women have often worked behind the scenes and been forced to give men credit for their work. As our world continues to progress, women lost throughout history are finally being rediscovered and given proper credit. Women’s History Month celebrates the remembered and the lost and every woman who has ever taken a stand and made a difference in our world. For this post, I wanted to bring clarity to certain issues going on right now and honor some of the women I find have truly changed the world. Enjoy! x
TIME’S UP AND #METOO
These are two hashtags I’m sure everyone has seen a million times by now. In fact, I’m sure many of you are annoyed by these and just extremely tired of hearing about them. There have been almost 18 million reported sexual assaults in the past 20 years. That’s nearly one million every single year. The problem is not that number but rather the number that goes unreported which is estimated to be nearly triple that number.
#MeToo is a movement of women and men who are standing together to let people who have faced sexual harassment and assault know that they are not alone. #MeToo lets people know that when you are sexually assaulted it is not your fault, you are not dirty, and you have a support system waiting for you.
Time’s Up is a Legal Defense Fund started by Hollywood celebrities after the outpouring of women and men admitting they had been sexually harassed in the workplace as the #MeToo movement developed. #MeToo = awareness. Time’s Up = money to help women who have been sexually assaulted.
These movements have helped women share what has happened to them and stop men who are frequent offenders before they can hurt anyone else. Nearly every women will be sexually harassed in some way. Whether it is cat-calling or full-on sexual assault, it has become a societal norm. Women are now refusing for sexual assault to be the norm and taking an active stance. Whether you have been affected by sexual trauma or not, it is more than likely that your partner, best friend, sister, mother, etc. has been. We have to stand together as a people to put an end to this. Stop believing it was partially the victim’s fault and start putting the shame on the attacker because, frankly, Time’s Up.
THE WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD
Rosa Parks 1913-2005: Nicknamed none other than “The First Lady of Civil Rights” and “The Mother of the Freedom Movement.” She faced death threats, violence, and oppression each and every day. She moved the nation by being a member of the NAACP and refusing to give up what was rightfully hers- freedom.
Susan B. Anthony 1820-1906: The mother of the women’s rights movement in the United States. She was also a member of the Anti-Slavery Society at only 17 years old. She died thirteen years before women earned the right to vote but her impact on the suffrage and abolitionist movements will never be forgotten.
Amelia Earheart 1897-1939: She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She shook the world not only by this accomplishment but her looks as well. She was a tomboy, an adventurer, and women began to understand they didn’t have to wear a dress and pearls every day of their life. Women could do anything boys can do- and they could do it alone.
Maya Angelou 1928-2014: Poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist are just a few of the names she earned in her lifetime. She worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. She recited her poems at several of the president’s inaugurations. She wrote poems that captured the world and spoke wise words that will forever be written in quote books.
Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn: These women (and many others) remains hidden in the work of NASA. It was not until recently with the release of the movie, Hidden Figures, that their stories and many women like them have finally come to the surface. Not only did they accomplish many things at their time at NASA (nicknamed “human computers” for a reason, people), but they also helped bring recognition to the many women who have been lost in history.
Jane Addams 1860-1935: Jane was the “mother” of social work. She helped pioneer the social working field along with the woman’s suffrage and world peace movements. She co-founded one of the first (and the most famous) settlement houses in America. She helped America address and focus on issues that were of concern to mothers, such as the needs of children, local public health, and world peace. She advocated for more women in politics and helped provide a way for our voice.
Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962: “First Lady of the World.” She redefined the role of U.S. First Lady by advocating for human and women’s rights. She later became the chair of the UN Human Rights Commission. She refused to stay hidden in the background and constantly spoke up on behalf of women and minorities everywhere.
Coretta Scott King 1927-2006: We all know that behind every wonderful man, there is a wonderful woman. As the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. she helped lead the civil rights movement that forever changed America. After her husband’s assassination, she took an active role in the Women’s Movement of the 1960/70s. At her funeral, four of the five living presidents were in attendance. Her legacy as the “First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement” will never be forgotten. She fought hard alongside her husband and sacrificed so much to help further equality for all people.
Anne Frank 1929-1945: Anne Frank wrote the most popular book out today. She courageously hid from the Nazis in the 1940s with her family, documenting each and every moment with the eloquence of a grown woman. At only 15, she died in a concentration camp. Her diary provided us with some of the true horrors the Jewish had to face during this time.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about the current events that are going on for women and all people and learning up on some amazing women who have forever impacted history! Want more? Tune in every day to my Instagram story to see a woman who has paved the way for the world to be a better, more inspiring place. I hope this inspires you to tell a lady you love how much they mean to you today! x