As International Womxn’s Day gets closer, there’s a lot to celebrate this year. So many womxn have come before us and made it possible to have more opportunities than ever. The fight for womxn has been ongoing for decades. We have so many outstanding womxn to thank for that.
Just think about how far we’ve come. Over the decade’s womxn have fought on our behalf for things like the right to vote, equal pay, and gender equality.
There are literally too many womxn to name, but here are a few that come to mind. Take this month to remember and reflect on how these womxn made an impact for you and all generations to come.
Rosa Parks is known as the bada$$ womxn who fought for the civil rights of all black citizens in the 1950s. She’s known as the mother of the civil rights movement for refusing to give up her seat to a white man. She was not only paving the way for blacks but for womxn.
Rosa was challenging the separate but equal law, and as a black womxn from that day and age, not only did she take a stand for black people but for black womxn. She was fighting for racial equality. She got tired of being looked at like a second class citizen and took a stand. Through courage and determination, she didn’t do what was easy but what was necessary. Her actions started to draw attention to the mistreatment of people of color. Ms. Parks went on to do several incredible things and remains one of the most influential womxn today.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a lifelong advocate for many things, including womxn’s rights. Not only did she serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, but she made it a life commitment to ensure womxn received justice. She knew early on in her career that she was being paid much less than her male counterparts and joined an equal pay campaign that provided a pay increase for her and other womxn at Rutgers Law School.
Ruth also did a lot of volunteer work for civil liberties, and she helped pass gender equality laws in the United States. If you’ve ever wondered why it’s illegal to be discriminated against at work based on gender, one of the amazing womxn you can thank is Ruth. One of the reasons we get to serve on juries is because of her. Ms. Ginsburg did a lot of incredible things throughout her career and is a true inspiration to us all.
“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.” That, my friend, is a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt herself. In the 1920s, Eleanor took on prominent leadership roles in several organizations, such as the League of Women Voters and the Women’s Trade Union League.
She would go on to become one of the most influential first ladies in history. Eleanor also helped shape her husband’s decisions as president during that time. She was always encouraging her husband to hire more womxn and fought for racial justice. After the death of her husband, she continued on with the fight working for over 10 years as a delegate to the United Nations. Ms. Roosevelt also worked on and helped pass the Equal Pay Act. Even decades after her death, she still remains one of the most respected and honored womxn in America.
These are just a few of the amazing stories where womxn have changed the course of history and opened doors for all of us and generations to come. I hope it opens your eyes to see that new possibilities are endless, and even in 2021, you can somehow and someway make an impact on many.
What womxn in your life have paved the way for you? We would love to know in the comments below!