There’s just something about a trailblazing woman that makes us feel grateful, proud, inspired, and just plain glad that their accomplishments enhanced our world. Last year we told you about these amazing women for Women’s History Month, and this year we’re drawing inspiration — and motivation — from a few other incredible change makers.
Oprah Winfrey first cemented her place in the public’s consciousness with her broadcasting career, creating what became the highest-rated talk show in television history. However, that’s not even her proudest achievement: A staunch advocate for girls’ education, Winfrey founded the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a boarding school in South Africa. Winfrey also funds several other organizations that improve the quality of life for women. All that, and she acts too, with her most recent performance in the film “A Wrinkle in Time.” Is there anything Oprah can’t do?
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Billie Jean King
Tennis great Billie Jean King won her first major singles title at Wimbledon in 1966. She went on to claim a total of 39 Grand Slam titles throughout her career. However, King didn’t just work hard on the court — she fought hard for equal pay. Using her position as a tennis champion, she led the formation of the Women’s Tennis Association in 1973 and that year, the U.S. Open began offering the same cash prize to men and women. Later that year, King beat tennis great Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes” match. Feeling empowered?
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Gloria Steinem first made a name for herself as a freelance writer fighting for women’s issues and went on to help launch Ms. magazine. Under her direction, the magazine covered important women’s issues and became the first national magazine to feature a piece about domestic violence on its cover. Steinem also helped create the National Women’s Political Caucus.
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Coretta Scott King
Working alongside her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King played a critical role in the American Civil Rights Movement and the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. She continued to advocate for equal rights for African Americans after her husband was assassinated in 1968. King was also powerful in the Women’s Rights Movement, hosting the second convention of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in Atlanta. Something many people may not know about King? She was a talented singer who planned to pursue a career in the music industry before meeting her husband. She switched her course to become one of the most important people in the history of activism.
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Susan B. Anthony
One can’t celebrate Women’s History month without honoring Susan B. Anthony, a key player in the Woman Suffrage Movement. She was co-founder and president of the National Woman Suffrage Association, fighting for women’s voices to be heard in the political realm. She even voted in an election, illegally, to make her point. She was arrested, charged, and fined $100 — however, she didn’t pay it. Thanks to Anthony’s tireless efforts, the Nineteenth Amendment was passed in 1920, finally giving women the right to vote.
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Written by Mandy Carr