Historical Female Idols: Women’s Month

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Women’s month is a celebration for women worldwide that has been positively celebrated since its origins in 1981. As of today, let’s turn to remember the female idols who have shaped the future for women today.

1) Mary Wollstonecraft

“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men but over themselves.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft, also known as the mother of feminism, wrote about her thoughts of gender equality during the 18th century, a time when women were seen as less than men. Her work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, is still beloved to this day and considered a classic piece of feminism. Mary Wollstonecraft paved the way for many women and early feminists with her work and active fight for women’s rights.

2) Susan B Anthony

“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” – Susan. B Anthony

Susan B. Anthony is primarily known for her involvement in the women’s suffrage movement, and even now, she will forever be remembered. Anthony fought for abolition, equal pay, and the right to vote, and she traveled the country where she spoke up for women.

She led many protests in favor of women’s rights. One of her most significant protests was in 1876 where she gave the speech, “Declaration of Rights.” Sadly, in 1906, Susan B. Anthony passed away 14 years before the right to vote was given to women.

3) Rosa parks

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks could make the list of the best African-American activists and historical female idols for the work she did. Parks was an American activist who has been called “the mother of the freedom movement” by none other than the United States Congress.

In 1955, Parks refused to give her seat up to a white man. That small action later enacted a response from many civil rights activists. From that moment on and to this day, Rosa Parks is seen as a symbol of strength and bravery.

4) Amelia Earhart

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart

Many might know of Amelia Mary Earhart from their elementary history lessons. Earhart’s rise to fame came on June 17, 1928, where she was classified as the first woman to cross the Atlantic as a passenger. From then on, Earhart was seen as the power of what women can accomplish.

Eventually, on May 20, 1932, she set the record as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo, an honorable task. However, Amelia Earhart sadly disappeared in 1937 on her journey to the Atlantic Ocean.

5) Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The women’s rights movement leader who discussed the importance of women having control of their own lives, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was and is an idol. She fought for married women’s property rights, abolition, presidential campaigns, divorce law, temperance, and discussed maternity, child-rearing, and many more.

Stanton was the writer of “Declaration of Sentiments,” and she was known to be a lecturer, an author, and a philosopher. Her impact was so significant that she was one of the many activists who guided this fight to the 20th century.

All five of these women have all positively left a mark on the world, becoming a symbol of the power women have. Although there are many that haven’t been mentioned in the list, they are still as important as the women on this list. Now, as we sit halfway into women’s month, the women who made everything possible will forever be remembered and appreciated.