I was recently inspired by one of my fellow bloggers and followers that March is “Women in History” month. Which I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the information. This is a perfect chance to recognize not only the women who have made history, but also the woman or women who have inspired, supported and loved you through any and all circumstances.
There have been many thoughts spinning in my mind as I was thinking about the women in my life who have been there for me. Well, you know first and foremost is my mother. She was a great mother who raised me and my brother by working two jobs. Also, the fact that I was born with club feet, which meant most of my childhood was spent in and out of hospitals. My mother was always by my side through the good and the bad in whatever situtation I happened to be involved.
Through the years I have met many women who I have learned a great deal from and carry their words of wisdom in my heart. Still meet women on a daily basis who inspire me and make me smile!
I do want to take this time to remember my grandma, who I miss alot. Not only a grandma, but my friend!
So for this month, think of the women who have come and gone in your life that have maybe made a difference or you have gained wisdom from their words.
If you would like to share, I would be glad to read about some of your experiences. If not, it’s okay.
Below I have listed just some of the women who have made a difference in the world, past and present.
1. Sappho -570BC
One of the first published female writers. Much of her poetry has been lost but her immense reputation has remained. Plato referred to Sappho as one of the great 10 poets. View: Sappho Biography
Hildegard of Bingen 1098-1179
Mystic, author and composer. Hildegard of Bingen lived a withdrawn life, spending most of her time behind convent walls. However her writings, poetry and music were revelatory for the time period. She was consulted by Popes, Kings and influential people of the time. Her writings and music have influenced people to this day.
Born to a privileged Hindu family Mirabaibroke with the conventions of society to live the life of a mystic and devotee of Krishna. For her unconventional lifestyle her family tried to kill her, but on each occasion were unsuccessful. Her bhajans and songs helped revitalise Devotional Hinduism in India. Biography Mirabai
Mary Wollstonecraft 1759-1797
Mary Wollstonecraft wrote the most significant book in the early feminist movement. Her tract “A Vindication of the Rights of Women” laid down a clear moral and practical basis for extending human and political rights to women. – A true pioneer in the struggle for female suffrage. View: Biography Mary Wollstonecraft
Emmeline Pankhurst 1858-1928
A British suffragette, Emily Pankhurst dedicated her life to the promotion of women’s rights. She explored all avenues of protest including violence, public demonstrations and hunger strikes. She died in 1928, 3 weeks before a law giving all women over 21 the right to vote. View: Biography Emily Pankhurst
Marie Curie 1867-1934
Marie Curie was the first women to receive the Nobel Prize and the first person to win it for 2 separate categories. Her first award was for research into radioactivity (Physics 1903). Her second Nobel prize was for Chemistry in 1911. A few years later she also helped develop the first X ray machines. View: Biography of Marie Curie
Emily Murphy 1868-1933
Emily Murphy was the first women magistrate in the British Empire. In 1927 she joined forces with 4 other Canadian women who sought to challenge an old Canadian law that said, “women should not be counted as persons”
Dorothy Hodgkin 1910-1994
Awarded the Nobel prize for chemistry Dorothy Hodgkin work on critical discoveries of the structure of both penicillin and later insulin. These discoveries led to significant improvements in health care. An outstanding chemist Dorothy also devoted a large section of her life to the peace movement and promoting nuclear disarmament.
Rosa Parks 1913-2005
Rosa Parks refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man indirectly led to some of the most significant civil rights legislation of American history. She sought to play down her role in the civil rights struggle but for her peaceful and dignified campaigning she became one of the most well respected figures in the civil rights movements. View: Biography Rosa Parks
J.K.Rowling 1965 –
J.K.Rowling is the author of the phenomenal best selling Harry Potter series. The volume of sales was so high, it has been credited with leading a revival of reading by children. She wrote the first book as a single mother, struggling to make ends meet, but is now one of most successful self-made woman. View: J.K.Rowling biography