International Women’s Day
Each year, March 8th is recognized as International Women’s Day (IWD). With that said, who are the women that inspire you the most?
Tomorrow, on International Women’s Day – we celebrate women’s political, economic, and social contributions to the world. There are women all around us who inspire us to be the best we can be – from the mothers and daughters who work tirelessly to make sure their families and communities are safe and healthy, to trailblazing leaders like Shirley Chisholm[i], Barbara Jordan[ii], Fanny Lee Hammer[iii], Mary Francis Berry[iv], and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor – women play a key role in our lives, communities and our world.
Join me in celebrating the resilient, intelligent women in your life who are making headway toward a better world. Please remember to spread the word about International Women’s Day. Tell your friends who inspire you and bring awareness to the challenges that still lay ahead for women every day.
Tomorrow, International Women’s Day events will be held in many parts of the world, for instance: United Kingdom (422 events); United States of America (248 events); Canada (185 events); Belize (135 events) and Australia (135 events). For further information on International Women’s Day, you can visit www.internationalwomensday.com.
Sources: www.internationalwomensday.com. Wikipedia.
[i] Shirley Chisholm became the first black congresswoman and for seven terms represented New York State in the United States House of Representative. In 1972, Shirley Chisholm ran for the Democratic nomination for president. Throughout her political career Chisholm fought for education opportunities and social justice. Shirley Chisholm left congress in 1983 to teach and lecture. Shirley Chisholm died in 2005.
[ii] Barbara Jordan was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors. On her death, Barbara Jordan became the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
[iii] Fanny Lou Hamer was an American voting rights activist and civil rights leader. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, attending the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in that capacity. Her plain-spoken manner and fervent belief in the Biblical righteousness of her cause gained her a reputation as an electrifying speaker and constant activist of civil rights.
[iv] Mary Francis Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and the former chairwoman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. In 1984, Berry co-founded the Free South Africa Movement, dedicated to the abolition of apartheid in South Africa. She was one of three prominent Americans arrested at the South African Embassy in Washington the day before Thanksgiving; the timing was deliberate to ensure maximum news exposure.She is also the former board chair of Pacifica Radio. She is a past president of the Organization of American Historians, the primary professional organization for historians of the United States.
At the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), Professor Berry teaches American legal history. Before coming to Penn, Berry was provost of the College of Behavioral and Social Science at University of Maryland, College Park, and chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.