Throughout history, women have been catalysts for groundbreaking movements, often behind the scenes. While many of the discoveries, efforts, and actions of women have been swept under the rug over the years, it's nice to see that there is an increasing push for honoring and uncovering the awe-inspiring accomplishments of women all over the world.
Today is International Women's Day and March is also Women's History Month, so what better time than now to share about 5 Incredible Women who have shaped or are currently shaping history as we know it?
Buffalo Calf Road
Buffalo Calf Road, born sometime in the 1850s, was a brave Native American woman of the Northern Cheyenne. In the Battle of Rosebud, she rode alongside the male warriors and heroically saved her brother, Chief Comes in Sight, after he was wounded. Her courage inspired the Cheyenne warriors to take the victory (1). She is also credited with landing the final blow that sent Colonel Custer off his horse and to his death in the Battle of the Little Bighorn (2)
Sources: 1, 2
Anna Arnold Hedgeman
Hedgeman, born in Iowa in 1899, was an African-American feminist and social activist who pioneered several firsts and played an important role in the Civil Rights movement. She was the first black woman to graduate from Hamline University and "was also the only woman on the executive committee that organized Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous March on Washington in 1963" (1). She also briefly served as executive vice-president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) (1).
Sendler, born in Poland in 1910, was a nurse during World War II. She served in the Polish Underground (1) and managed to smuggle nearly 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto in her truck, masking any noises made by the children with her barking dog. She then helped these children to be either reunited with their family members or put into foster families (2
Aquino, born in the Philippines in 1933, is considered "the Mother of Asian Democracy." After her husband's assassination spurred her to join the opposition, Aquino became the first female president of the Philippines and the first of all of Asia. "She is the leader of the world's most successful non-violent and bloodless peace revolution for democracy against a dictatorial regime" (1)
Mirzakhani, born in Iran in 1977, was the first woman and first Iranian to receive the Fields Medal for her outstanding work in the field of mathematics. Leading up to this honor, she was awarded with several other achievements, including being the first Iranian student to get a perfect score at the International Mathematical Olympiad.
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