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Celebrating Women Change Makers

As part of Women's History Month, My Hero celebrates Women Change Makers - leaders and activists who have made positive change in the world.

Women Change Makers


Harriet Tubman

By: Hannah from Virginia
Harriet Tubman organized the Underground Railroad and helped lead slaves to freedom.

Mary Church Terrell

By: Helen from Roseville
Mary Church Terrell was an early African American civil rights leader and educator.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

By: Kathy Crockett
Eunice Kennedy Shriver dedicated her life to raising awareness and creating opportunities for the intellectually disabled.

Fannie Lou Hamer

By: Nina Mariotti
Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights leader and voting rights advocate.

Grace Lee Boggs

By: Jane Wallace from New York

Grace Lee Boggs has advocated for marginalized people for over 70 years.

Dolores Huerta

By: Amy from Hillsborough, North Carolina
Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist who worked with Cesar Chavez to found the United Farm Workers (United Farm Workers).

Dr. Vandana Shiva

By: David Kemker
Dr. Vandana Shiva works to preserve biodiversity for the planet.

Fauzia Minallah

By: Joanne Tawfilis
Fauzia Minallah is the founder of Funkor Childart Centre, a filmmaker and an ARTIVIST.

Frances Moore Lappe

By: Rosemary Pritzker
Frances Moore Lappe is a passionate and pioneering thinker, world changer, and activist in many movements.

Dr. Jeni Stepanek

By: Slater Jewell-Kemker
Dr. Jeni Stepanek is interviewed by MY HERO's Slater Jewell-Kemker.

Molly Melching, Tostan Founder

By: Jane Wallace
Molly Melching, Tostan Founder empowers African communities to bring about positive social transformation based on respect for human rights.

Rigoberta Menchu Tum

By: Lydia Ratna

Rigoberta Menchú Tum, winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, became involved with various groups in their struggle for the indigenous people out of personal conviction and sense of justice.

Robin Lim

By: Wendy Jewell
Robin Lim devotes her life to improving the birth experience so that all humans are born with an intact capacity to love.

Abigail Disney

By: Jane Wallace
Abigail Disney is a philanthropist and documentary filmmaker who focuses on social issues.

Laverne Cox

By: Michelle from San Diego

Laverne Cox is an actress and icon for the LGBT community.  

Erin Gruwell

By: Annie Merkley
Erin Gruwell continues to inspire educators and students around the world with her compassion and wisdom.

Winona LaDuke by K E Harleston

By: K.e. Harleston
Winona LaDuke is a Native American Harvard graduate economist, environmentalist, activist, author and executive director of Honor The Earth.

Alicia Garza

By: Ashlynn from Anthony

Alicia Garza is an activist for Black Lives Matter. 

Films 


RBG [Trailer] (2:36)

Betsy West & Julie Cohen

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy.

Inez Milholland ~ Forward into Light (13:28)

Martha Wheelock

This short documentary is a window into the Women's Suffrage Movement through the sacrifice of Inez Milholland.

My Life with Rosie [Trailer] (2:53)

Angela Williamson
This documentary is focused on Rosie Parks' 40 years of community service in the city of Detroit.

Women At the Wheel: Stories of remarkable women (13:30)

Produced by:Pat Benincasa

Women At the Wheel: Stories of remarkable women shattering cultural roadblocks and gendered assumptions.

A Woman's Place is in the Lab

Producer: Christine Dennis
A historical look at the long road for women in science. Following the outstanding career of Dr. Gail Brown, PhD. Renowned Scientist.

I'll take it from here... Because I'm a Girl

Producer: Raj Yagnik, Shona Hamilton

One in three girls around the world is denied an education by the daily realities of poverty, conflict or discrimination.

Erica Fernandez: The Tool of Protest

Producer: The Center for Advancing Unity & The Working Group
A young girl defends her community for corporate polluters.

Hummingbird [excerpt from dirt! THE MOVIE]

Producer: Bill Benenson, Gene Rosow and Eleonore Dailly
Wangari Maathai shares a simple story to illustrate a powerful point.

Vital Voices: Hawa Abdi

Producer: Aaron Kisner

When the central government collapsed in 1989, Dr. Abdi's one-room clinic on her family farm began treating and housing local people fleeing the fighting.

A Tribute to Sylvia Earle

Producer: One World One Ocean

A tribute to oceanographer Sylvia Earle from One World One Ocean.

Thembi's Diary

Producer: Jisoo Kim
A wonderful evocation of a young African's refusal to let AIDS define her life.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Producer: Austin Wilkin/Grace Lee

Jigueen's Best

Producer: Cheikh Seck from SENEGAL
A Senegalese activist fights for the rights of women in Africa.

Women Helping Women

Producer: Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell helps women of Nepal by giving them goats.

Iqra - Read (A Prayer for the Girls of Afghanistan and Pakistan)

Producer: Fauzia Minallah
This film promotes the education of the girl child in Afghanistan and Pakistan through Mural Art.

Teachers: Visit the free MY HERO Lesson Plan for Women's Equality Day for this film program. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.

Related MY HERO Resource


Women's Equality Day

By: Becky Miller

August 26 August 26 of each year is designated in the United States as Women's Equality Day. 

Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom



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