Womens History Month

MY HERO Celebrates Women from Around the World



On March 8, 1911, the world celebrated the first-ever International Womens 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 also served to help in the womens suffrage movement, which was in full swing in European and North American countries at the time. Women wanted to vote, and they wanted to have the same rights as men. And in many countries, they were successful in winning equal opportunities. 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. In the United States the day of celebrating women's history and progress has turned into a month, and so My Hero celebrates this month by featuring women heroes. On the My Hero Project site, you'll learn about some of the women who have played a vital role in the lives of other women and children, and human history.

Malala Yousafzai

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

Dr. Jeni Stepanek

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

Abigail Disney

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

Tiffany Shlain

By: Wendy Jewell from The MY HERO Project
Tiffany Shlain is Director and Founder of the Webby Awards.

Marianne Williamson

By: Wendy Jewell from The MY HERO Project
Marianne Williamson is the founder of the Department of Peace Campaign.

Sylvia Earle

By: Edward Ortiz
"The key is to see ourselves as a part of the natural systems that support us."

Rowena Gerber

By: Wendy Jewell
Rowena Gerber and her students raise money to send Solar Ovens around the world.

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.

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.

Frances Moore Lappe

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

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).

Grace Lee Boggs

By: Jane Wallace from New York
Grace Lee Boggs has advocated for marginalized people for over 70 years
Helen Suzman
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.

Dr. France Cordova

By: Barbara Field
Dr. France Cordova is a renowned astrophysicist who has broken gender and cultural barriers.

Viola Vaughn

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

Lucky Chhetri

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

Raden Ajeng Kartini

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

Fauzia Minallah

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

Fannie Lou Hamer

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

Mary Church Terrell

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

Erin Gruwell

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

Valentina Tereshkova

By: Alina from Novosibirsk
Valentina Tereshkova is the first woman and first civilian to fly in space.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

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

Dr. Vandana Shiva

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


Eagle Eyes

Producer: Will Parrinello
Overcoming a history of traumatic violence, Ruth Buendía united the Asháninka people in a powerful campaign against large-scale dams that would have once again uprooted indigenous communities still recovering from Peru’s devastating civil war.

A Woman's Place is in the Lab

Produced by: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
Dr. Hawa Abdi is Somalia's first female gynecologist. 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.


Susan B Anthony by Robert Shetterly,

By: Robert Shetterly

Eleanor Roosevelt for President!

By: Marilyn Huerta

Michelle Obama by Enrique Cornejo-Sanchez

By: Enrique Cornejo-Sanchez

Oprah Winfrey

By: Devin from Laguna Beach

Eve Ensler

By: Robert Shetterly

Malala by Marilyn Huerta

By: Marilyn Huerta

Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement

By: The Art Miles Mural Project

Rachel Carson

By: Robert Shetterly

Nepali Woman and Her Goat

By: Robin Wethe Altman

Dolores Olmedo Patino by Diego Rivera

By: Diego Rivera

Blue Frida

By: Dania Sierra

African Woman by Fary Sakho

By: Fary Sakho from Senegal

What Woman Means to Me

By: Shonibare Olatunbosun

Grace Lee Boggs

By: Robert Shetterly

Women Heroes Mural

By: Art Miles Mural Project


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