Updated: Aug 30, 2022
Written by Crystal Mobaraka
**SOAR STUDENTS FEATURED ABOVE: Photini Qarmout, Tatum Brandt, Ava Manzano, and Natalie Verduzco four substantial young women who attend SOAR High School**
Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It begins on March 1st and goes all the way through the month until March 31st. It is celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. It also corresponds with National Women’s Day on March 8th. The holiday itself and event are very important to gender equality because it boosts feminism.
Here are some women to highlight!
Malala Yousafzai- A Pakistani activist who believes in women’s rights to education and choice, the importance of education, and even almost lost her life for the cause as a young school girl.
Greta Thunberg- a Swedish environmental activist who is known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action for climate change.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “AOC”- An American politician and activist. She has served as the U.S. representative for New York's 14th congressional district since 2019, as a member of the Democratic Party.
Kamala Harris- An American politician and attorney who is the 49th and current vice president of the United States. She is the first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, as well as the first African and Asian American vice president.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg- An American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until she died in 2020.
Harriet Tubman- An American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, creating “The Underground Railroad” which was her method of freeing slaves.
Emmeline Pankhurst- An English political activist. She is best remembered for organizing the UK suffragette movement and helping women win the right to vote.
Frida Kahlo- A Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Most famous female and Mexican artist in the world.
Rosa Parks- An American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. Known as “the mother of the freedom movement” and “the first lady of civil rights”.
Maya Angelou- An American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.