March is Women’s History month! A time where we honor the accomplishments of women around the world. The first discussion on having any kind of day or month to recognize the accomplishments of women was established in 1981. Officially, it was instituted as “Women’s History Week” on March 7, 1982. In March 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, it was approved by congress to officially make the entire month of March to honor women.
Although we cannot recognize every great woman who has made noteworthy contributions in the past and present, here are a few:
A Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for courageously advocating for the rights of women in education in her native city in northwest Pakistan. In her country, the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school but this did not stop Malala from continuing to fight back through activism.
An American activist known for being the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960. Ruby Bridges and her mother were escorted to school every day that year by U.S Marshalls because of the heavy discrimination that was still prevalent in the South. In 1999, Ruby established The Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote tolerance and create change through education.
Founder of Vidya, an organization dedicated to empowering less privileged children, youth, an
d women in India. Vidya includes a system of three schools in Goa, Mumbai, and Delhi whose entire mission is to educate the less privileged children in various ways that work best for them.
Appointed the first female justice of the Supreme Court in 1981 by Ronal Reagan. She received a unanimous vote at that time and served for 24 years before retiring in 2006.