This past Tuesday was International Women’s Day. A day where people across the world come together to celebrate women, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality. International Women’s Day originated in 1909 in America, but since then it has spread across the globe, which now sees everyone come together on March the 8th every year. Today we wanted to look at some of the most influential women in history and what they have done to push for equality in all aspects of life.
Influential Women in History:
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 – 1928):
Emmeline Pankhurst was a political activist who fought for women’s right to vote in the United Kingdom. She was leader of the Women’s Franchise League and, later, the Women’s Social and Political Union. They aimed to get women’s rights to vote by any means necessary. On countless occasions, Pankhurst was arrested for protesting what she believed in. In the year of her death, women living in the UK were granted the right to vote from the age of 21, which was equal to the voting rights of men.
Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005):
During the 1950’s, the United States was a largely segregated country between black and white citizens. On December 1st, 1955, Parks refused to give her seat up to a white passenger. This ended up getting her arrested. She responded by creating the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP). A group that boycotted public transport and wanted to draw attention to the current segregation laws. This led to her successfully challenging the law and seeing it ruled unconstitutional by the courts.
Kamala Harris (1964 – Present):
In 2021, Kamala Harris made history when she became vice president of the United States of America. It is the first time a woman has held the country’s second-highest office role. Harris grew up in the 1960’s, which was the civil rights era. This spurred her on to make a difference and break barriers to ensure that era never returns.
Marie Curie (1867 – 1934):
Polish-born Marie Curie was a key figure in the science industry by becoming the first and only person to win a Nobel prize for two different sciences. One was for physics and the other for chemistry. This was due to her discovering two new elements (radium and polonium) and developing a portable x-ray machine. Now she has a charity in her name which aims to provide care and support to people with terminal illnesses and their families.
Here at EWFM we strive for equality, which is why we believe that International Women’s Day should be celebrated and also used to raise awareness for equality. We would like to thank all the women who work hard to keep the company rolling every day! For more information on the day please visit the following link: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
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