Our Viewpoint: 6 Notable Women to Remember During Women's History Month

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Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 at 8:56 PM
Our Viewpoint: 6 Notable Women to Remember During Women's History Month by The Spectator

1.) Frida Kahlo:

Dates: July 6, 1907 — July 13, 1954

Brief Bio: Born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón. Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits. Kahlo’s life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as “La Casa Azul,” the Blue House. Her work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and indigenous traditions, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

Quote: “I am that clumsy human, always loving, loving, loving. And loving. And never leaving.”

2.) Simone de Beauvoir:

Dates: Jan. 9, 1908 — April 14, 1986

Brief Bio: Beauvoir was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.

Quote: “I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.”

3.) Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray:

Dates: Nov. 20, 1910 — July 1, 1985

Brief Bio: Murray was an American civil rights activist, women's rights activist, lawyer and author. Drawn to the ministry, in 1977 Murray became the first black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest and among the first group of women to become priests in this church. In addition to her legal work, Murray wrote two volumes of autobiographical work and a collection of poetry.

Quote: “True community is based on upon equality, mutuality, and reciprocity. It affirms the richness of individual diversity as well as the common human ties that bind us together.”

4.) Betty Friedan:

Dates: February 4, 1921 — February 4, 2006

Brief Bio: Friedan was an American writer, activist, and feminist. A leading figure in the women's movement in the United States, her 1963 book “The Feminine Mystique” is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. In 1966, Friedan co-founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which aimed to bring women "into the mainstream of American society now [in] fully equal partnership with men." Friedan spent her life working to establish women’s equality, helping to establish the National Women’s Political Caucus as well as organizing the Women’s Strike For Equality in 1970, which popularized the feminist movement throughout America.

Quote: “In almost every professional field, in business and in the arts and sciences, women are still treated as second-class citizens. It would be a great service to tell girls who plan to work in society to expect this subtle, uncomfortable discrimination — tell them not to be quiet, and hope it will go away, but fight it. A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex, but neither should she "adjust" to prejudice and discrimination.”

5.) Malala Yousafzai:

Dates: July 12 1997 — present

Brief Bio: Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy for education and for women in her native Swat Valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Yousafzai's advocacy has since grown into an international movement.

Quote: “Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”

6.) Bree Newsome:

Dates: ? — present

Brief Bio: Brittany Ann Byuarium “Bree” Newsome is an American activist and filmmaker from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is best known for her act of civil disobedience on June 27, 2015, when she was arrested for removing the confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds. The resulting publicity put pressure on state officials to remove the flag permanently, and it was taken down for good on July 10, 2015. Newsome first attracted national attention in 2012 when she released a music video, “Shake It Like an Etch-A-Sketch,” which satirized Mitt Romney. Her film “Wake” has won numerous awards, including the Outstanding Independent Short Film award in the Black Reel Awards of 2012 and the Best Short Film at the BET Urban World Film Festival.

Quote: “For far too long, white supremacy has dominated the politics of America, resulting in the creation of racist laws and cultural practices designed to subjugate non-whites. And the emblem of the confederacy, the stars and bars, in all its manifestations, has long been the most recognizable banner of this political ideology. It’s the banner of racial intimidation and fear whose popularity experiences an uptick whenever black Americans appear to be making gains economically and politically in this country.”

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