As we close down the month of March, which is Women’s History Month, take a look at the women who inspire, change and encourage us.
Women head 83% of single-parent families. The number of families nurtured by women alone doubled from 1970 to 1995 (from 5.6 million to 12.2 million).
Women account for 55% of all college students, but even when women have equal years of education it does not translate into economic opportunities or political power.
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Sandra Day O’Connor to be the first woman on the Supreme Court, 1981
Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director, 2010
Great Black Women who led the charge:
- Ella J. Baker (1903-1986) Beginning her work with civil rights in 1931, Ella J. Baker joined the Young Negroes Cooperative League and was soon appointed its national director. During the 1940’s she became the field secretary to the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), commanding a leading role in the desegregation of New York City public schools. In 1956 she helped establish an organization called Friendship, and helped to fight against Jim Crow Laws in the Deep South.
- Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005) A key legal strategist involved in the civil rights movement, she was the first African-American woman to ever argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the first to be elected to the New York Senate, and the first ever to be appointed as a federal court judge.
- Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) Shirley Chisholm became the first elected African-American women to have a seat in Congress. As an American politician, educator and author, she joined the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969, and in 1972, made a bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, becoming the first majority party African-American candidate for President of the United States, winning 152 delegates. During her tenure in Congress, she was influential in improving opportunities for inner-city residents, as well as a vocal opponent of the draft.
Thank a Phenomenal Woman today!