Let’s talk about Women’s History. If you didn’t already know, there’s an entire month dedicated to women’s history. Why exactly do women need an entire month of recognition? Keep reading to find out…
Women’s History Month was created to highlight the contributions of women in history. Even when it isn’t Women’s History Month, it’s important to continually recognize the contributions women have made in society. President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”
We celebrate women’s history because if you open any textbook, the contributions that men have made far outweigh the contributions of women. But it isn’t that women haven’t made crucial contributions to society, but like Teddy Roosevelt said, it’s often easier for women’s contributions to go unnoticed.
Even when it isn’t Women’s History month, let’s take time to notice and celebrate the achievements of women in all aspects of society — politics, science, culture, literature, art, medicine, etc. In doing so, we empower girls and women to be whoever and whatever they want to be, and have become one step closer to achieving gender equality.
Here is a list of just a few women who maybe you’ve never heard of, but have made outstanding contributions to society:
- Ada Lovelace: Ada was a mathematician and Computer programmer. Her notes, written in 1842 for the analytical engine, became the first algorithm encoded to be processed by a machine. Therefore, she was the world’s first computer programmer!
“I am never really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it
well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinite fraction of all I want
to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me.”
- Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906): She was a campaigner against slavery, as well
as a promoter for women’s and worker’s rights. She played a vital role in the
Women’s Suffrage Movement (a successful movement demanding women the legal right to vote).
“Forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.” –Susan B. Anthony
- Dr. Sally Ride: The first American woman in space, as well as the youngest
American astronaut ever to orbit space.
“For whatever reason, I didn’t succumb to the stereotype that science wasn’t for girls.” –Dr. Sally Ride