2018 Women's History Month


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On March 8, 1911, the world celebrated the first-ever International Women's Day. 

The day was created in order to bring attention to the important impact women have had in history, and continue to have today and in the future. It was part of the women's suffrage movement, which was in full swing in European and North American countries: Women wanted to vote, and they wanted to have the same rights as men.

Throughout the 20th century, women all over the world have fought to gain equality and respect--and many, especially those in developing areas, are still fighting to have access to education and the right to speak their minds.

Most recently, in 1986, national Women's History Month was declared in the US and is celebrated every year in March.

My Hero celebrates Women's History Month by featuring women heroes who have played a vital role in the lives of other women and children, and human history.


Pioneers in Women's Rights

Sojourner Truth (born 1797)

By: Nancy Nickerson

Sojourner Truth was born into slavery, but worked for the freedom of all.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (born 1815)

By: Kerri from Fredericksburg
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a pioneer in the movement for women's rights.

Susan B. Anthony (born 1820)

By: Julie Odano
Susan B. Anthony led the early Women's Suffrage Movement.

Emmeline Pankhurst (born 1858)

By: Camille from Fredericksburg
Emmeline Pankhurst fought tirelessly for women's suffrage, and succeeded.

Jane Addams (born 1860)

By: April from San Diego

Jane Addams was a leading reformist, suffragist and peace advocate.

Emily Murphy (born 1868)

By: Maeve from Peterborough

Emily Murphy was one of Canada's Famous Five suffragists.

Mary McLeod Bethune (born 1875)

By: Audrey from Mount Joy
Mary McLeod Bethune used education to help in the fight for racial and gender equality.

Raden Ajeng Kartini (born 1879)

By: Ines from Jakarta
Raden Adjeng Kartini championed education and civil rights for women in Indonesia.

Margaret Sanger (born 1879)

By: Megan Moilanen

"No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body."

Lucy Burns (born 1879)

By: Dominique Canlas from Brea

This is Lucy Burns in jail for women's rights.

Eleanor Roosevelt (born 1884)

By: Beth from Fredericksburg
Eleanor Roosevelt was a champion for freedom and devoted her life to gaining rights for others

Alice Paul (born 1885)

By: Emma from San Diego
Alice Paul was a suffragist and leader for the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.

Inez Milholland Boissevain (born 1886)

By: Jennifer Beck Phemister
Inez Milholland Boissevain lived a brief but spectacular life dedicated to women's suffrage.

Dorothy Height (born 1912)

By: Yajahira from Las Vegas

Height was a civil rights/women's rights activist and an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

Bella Abzug (born 1920)

By: Kruti from New Jersey
Bella Abzug was a New York Congresswoman who fought for women's rights.

Betty Friedan (born 1921)

By: Maya Tarin

Her book The Feminine Mystique (1963) sparked the "second wave" of American feminism in the 1960s.

Patsy Mink (born 1927)

By: MY HERO Staff

Patsy Mink was the first woman of color elected to the US Congress and lifelong advocate for equity for women. 

Gloria Steinem (born 1934)

By: Alicia from San Diego

Feminist icon who rose to prominence as a leader for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Angela Davis (born 1944) and Sister Soulja (born 1964)

By: Christina from Sheridan Tech

Angela Davis was a feminist and radical activist who rose to prominence in the 1960s; she teaches at University of California Berkeley.

Viola Vaughn (born 1947)

By: Brande from Spokane
Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.

Lucky Chhetri (born 1965)

By: Wendy Jewell from The My Hero Project
Lucky Chhetri runs the 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking company and Empowering Women of Nepal.

Queen Rania of Jordan (born 1970)

By: Claudia Hudson
Queen Rania of Jordan is a crusader for the rights of women and children.

Linda Sarsour (born 1980)

By: sara farah

Women's March organizer Linda Sarsour is also an activist for Muslim rights.

Emma Watson (born 1990)

By: Julia from San Diego

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson works to change society's definition of feminism.

Malala Yousafzai (born 1997)

By: Jane Wallace
Malala Yousafzai speaks out for the rights of girls to have an education.

Women Who Have Broken Barriers

Elizabeth Blackwell (born 1821)

By: Tahrin and Brooke
Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female doctor and opened the first medical school for women.

Marie Curie (born 1867)

By: Barbara Goldsmith

First woman to win the Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry, Marie Curie discovered radioactivity as an atomic property.

Amelia Earhart (born 1897)

By: Brenna from Williamstown

Amelia Earhart was the first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic.

Golda Meir (born 1898)

By: Nava from Victoria

First female prime minister in the Middle East

Helen Suzman (born 1917)

By: Wyatt, Ryan, and Emily of North Eugene High School

Helen Suzman bravely stood up against apartheid and was the first female South African Minister of Parliament.

Ella Fitzgerald (born 1917)

By: Julie from Selden

Ella Fitzgerald was the first woman to win multiple Grammy awards. She used her success to help people of all races, cultures and beliefs.

Katherine Johnson (born 1918)

By: Kiersten Russ

By performing complex calculations for NASA, broke gender and racial barriers  to send a man into space.

Shirley Chisholm (born 1924)

By: Alanis from Sheridan Tech

Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the US Congress in 1968.

Barbara Charline Jordan (born 1936)

By: Brittany from Austin

Known for her speech on the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment process against Richard Nixon, and as the first African-American woman to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention.

Madeleine Albright (born 1937)

By: Vanessa from San Diego

Madeline Albright became the first woman US Secretary of State in 1997.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (born 1938)

By: Patrick Kiyemba from Pretoria

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf became the first elected female head of state in Africa in 2006.

Valentina Tereshkova (born 1937)

By: Alina from Novosibirsk

Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman and first civilian to fly in space.

Billie Jean King (born 1943)

By: Ethan Kuei

King campaigned for equal prize money in men's and women's tennis games and to support the first professional women's tennis tour in the 1970s.

Chief Wilma Mankiller (born 1945)

By: Susannah Abbey
Chief Wilma Mankiller was the first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Hillary Clinton (born 1947)

By: Saaya Sitlani

Became the first female candidate to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party; won the popular vote.

Dr. France Cordova (born 1947)

By: Barbara Field

Dr. France Cordova is a renowned astrophysicist who has broken gender and cultural barriers. She was the first woman NASA Chief Scientist.

Benazir Bhutto (born 1953)

By: Jasleen from San Diego

First female prime minister of any Muslim majority country.

Sonia Sotomayor (born 1954)

By: Daniel Chavez

Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic US Supreme Court Justice.

Jane Addams

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Susan B Anthony

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Grace Lee Boggs

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Eleanor Roosevelt for President!

Credit: Marilyn Huerta

Eve Ensler

Credit: Robert Shetterly

Fannie Lee Hamer

Credit: Robert Shetterly

Michelle Obama

Credit: Enrique Cornejo-Sanchez

Oprah Winfrey

Credit: Devin from Laguna Beach


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Rachel Carson

Credit: Robert Shetterly

Nepali Woman and Her Goat

Credit: Robin Wethe Altman

Dolores Olmedo Patino

Credit: Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexicao

Blue Frida

Credit: Dania Sierra

African Woman

Credit: Fary Sakho from Senegal

Mae Jemison (born 1956)

By: Christian Walsh

First African American woman in space.

Ellen Ochoa (born 1958)

By: Daniel Chavez

Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman astronaut.