A tradition that dates back approximately 40 years in the United States and nearly 100 years elsewhere, International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month is an annual celebration of all women, everywhere. Celebrated each year here in the U.S. during the month of March, it serves to commemorate all that women have contributed to society and will contribute in the future. In honor of Women’s History Month, here are some of history’s most notable women:


Marie Curie, 1867-1934

          Discovered and founded the study of radioactivity

          Her research helped develop effective cures for cancer

          She was the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, and the first person to win a second one


Mother Teresa, 1910-1997

          A Roman Catholic nun who lived most of her life in India

          Founded the Missionaries of Charity group, which helped manage homes for people who were dying, started soup kitchens, orphanages, and schools

          Her charity work helped change the lives of many of the most impoverished people in the world


Rosa Parks, 1913-2005

          One of the Civil Rights Movement’s most prominent figures

          She refused to give up her seat to a white man on a public bus

          Her actions and arrest eventually led to the Montgomery bus boycott, a 13-month mass protest against public transportation that led to the U.S. Supreme Court declaring segregation on buses unconstitutional


Emmeline Pankhurst, 1858-1928

          A social reformer that founded the Women’s Social and Political Union in Britain

          She is accredited with rousing thousands of women to demand that they receive their democratic right to vote for parliament

          For her actions she was imprisoned 13 times


Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

          A well-known American author, poet, actress, and screenwriter

          She is also remembered as being an activist during the Civil Rights Movement

          Wrote I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings which made history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman

          She also received several awards and honors throughout her career, including the NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work (nonfiction) category in 2005 and 2009


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