Chipeta (1843 – 1924)
Indian Rights Advocate and Diplomat
Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (1858 – 1964)
African American Educator and Author
Agatha Tiegel Hanson (1873 – 1959)
Educator, Author, and Advocate for Deaf Community
Katharine Ryan Gibbs (1863 – 1934)
Women’s Employment Pioneer
Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914 – Present)
Pharmacologist and Public Health Activist
Roxcy O’Neal Bolton (1926 – Present)
20th Century Women’s Rights Pioneer
Arden Eversmeyer (1931 – Present)
The Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project Founder
Carmen Delgado Votaw (1935 – Present)
International Women’s Rights Activist
Ann Lewis (1937- Present)
Women’s Rights Organizer and Women’s History Advocate
Jaida Im (1961- Present)
Advocate for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Tammy Duckworth (1968 – Present)
Member of Congress and Iraq War Veteran
Lisa Taylor (1974 – Present)
Civil Rights Attorney
Chances are, only one or two names at most are recognizable, even though each of these women are noteworthy pioneers and tireless advocates for equality. It’s no secret that for years history classes in the western world have primarily focused on men’s contributions to society, and children are lucky to learn about anyone female and historical beyond the queens of England and Betsy Ross.
Since the late-1970s, women in America pushed for greater awareness of women’s history, and in 1987 the U.S. Congress declared March Women’s History Month.
All of the women listed above are the 2014 National Women’s History Month Honorees, selected by the National Women’s History Project. You can see their photographs and read their full bios at nwhp.org. Another excellent source for Women’s History Month material is located at womenshistorymonth.gov.
Here at Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks we plan to spend the entire month of March celebrating women’s history through posts about historical women, important historical dates for women, nonfiction books about women, and tips for writing strong female characters. We encourage you to check back often and help spread the word about Women’s History Month. Feel free to join in with comments about your favorite historical women…and please don’t feel you need to limit your choices to U.S. females, despite Women’s History Month’s start in America!
To kick off the celebrations, I’m posting a few women’s history-related videos, including a classic Schoolhouse Rock tribute to the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
History.com has also posted some wonderful and informative videos at www.history.com/topics/holidays/womens-history-month.