Influential women are examples of perseverance and accomplishments. National Women’s History Month in March encourages us to honor the women who paved paths for newer generations.
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” Margaret Thatcher
Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable women of the past:
Susan B. Anthony is known for her involvement in the women’s suffrage movement in 1878 gaining women the right to vote.
Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus is known for her participation in the civil rights movement.
Christine Ross was the first female CPA in the United States to pass her CPA exam in 1896.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing is still fresh in our minds. She was known for serving as an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Now, let’s look at women who currently inspire us:
Teresa S. (Terri) Polley is the first CEO of Financial Accounting Foundation. She is the first female to hold the title of CEO in Financial Accounting Foundation’s 38-year history.
Kamala Harris, as first female and current vice president of the United States, is known as an accomplished lawyer and senator.
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish activist known for challenging world leaders to take action for climate change. She started her activism when she was 15 years old.
The list goes on. It is clear to see women, even as young as 15 have a voice and power. Women, in the past and currently, are unstoppable. Women around the world are changing lives in their communities.
Some of the things we, as women, take for granted are:
- The right to vote,
- Practice law, accounting, and other carriers,
- Wear pants,
- Serve in military,
- Serve on a jury duty,
- Have control of marriage and reproduction,
- Prevent sexual harassment at work,
- Own a business.
The above-mentioned things are only a few that are available now because someone was first to make a stand in order to make a change. Someone had enough of the inequality and prejudice and made her voice heard.
“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Even though women’s roles have changed a lot over the centuries, women still earn less when compared to men in the same positions. Even when both partners work, women typically do twice as much housework and childcare. Times are changing and, as women push forward, they continue to make strides in the quality of life.
The month of March gives us a chance to reflect and appreciate the strength and determination of women around the world. Let’s continue to celebrate the achievements of women from the past and present. Let’s learn about the women who have played prominent roles in getting women to where they are today.
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.” Serena Williams
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