One of my favorite things to do during women’s history month is to reflect how far the movement has come. Despite what you may have heard or read, Feminism is a beautiful word! Just think how different women’s lives would be without it. We owe a lot to the women who have paved the way for us so we can get a quality education, work in our chosen field or run for president! While we definitely have more obstacles to overcome, especially those that intersect with class and race, I wanted to highlight some inspiring women from our generation that continue to motivate us to never settle.
EDUCATION- MALALA YOUSAFZAI
Since the age of 11 (!!) Malala Yousafzai has been advocating for women’s right to education in Pakistan. At age 15, the Taliban shot her in the head for her activism. Of course that did not stop her. She survived and is now more determined than ever to fight for a girl’s right to education all over the world.
MEDIA - AMY POEHLER
Amy Poehler has become the queen of comedy and that is no small feat. In an industry mainly dominated by men, Poehler has paved the way for the next generation of female comedians by co-founding Upright Citizens Brigade, producing new talent, and inspiring young women to just be themselves with Amy’s Smart Girls.
POLITICS- SONIA SOTOMAYOR
Sonia Sotomayor shattered major glass ceilings by becoming the first latina Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and received her J.D. from Yale University. Born in the Bronx to a working class Puerto Rican family, Sotomayor is a perfect example that despite the odds, anything is possible!
- Ana Defillo