As Women’s History Month is coming to a close, we could not let the month go by without introducing our top 5 favorite influential women in history! There are SO many amazing women role models who have been recognized, yet there are countless others who still stand in the shadows.
As a mom to a daughter, I am so excited to teach her about all of these fierce women role models like my mother did for me. As I learned
to read, my favorite books were the ones about Marie Curie and Amelia Earhart. My mom even ordered me a series of books on women in history in one of our Scholastic catalogs. As I grew, I continued to love books with strong female role models and historical fiction ended up being my favorite genre.
I guess you can say that I’ve been a warrior queen from the start. Speaking of, here are my top 5 favorite history-making role models.
From a young age, Malala was extremely interested in education and became an educational activist, like her father. “In 2011, she received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize. In response to her rising popularity and national recognition, Taliban leaders voted to kill her.” Despite these threats, she continued to go to school up until the day that she was shot when a masked man bordered her school bus and asked for her by name.
This is when we learned of her story and she continues to inspire and change the world today. In 2013 she set up the Malala Fund and in 2014 she won a Nobel Peace Prize.
Are you hitting the books like Malala?
Amelia Earhart was one of my favorite women to learn about as a child. Exploring something that other women had never seen was exciting to me as a child. I was the girl always trying to forge her way in a man’s world (yes, at the age of 6), so Amelia’s story really spoke to me.
She had a passion and she went for it! I mean, this line from her biography: “Although Earhart’s convictions were strong, challenging, prejudicial, and financial obstacles awaited her, but the former tomboy was no stranger to disapproval or doubt.”
Do you soar like Amelia?
Rosa Parks is one of the faces of a movement and she fell into it. Of course, she is influential because of the movement she stood for and the change she made. But she is equally influential when you realize that she did not leave work that day intent on battling racism. She was living her life and one decision changed it all.
Eventually, we all reach the end of our ropes. “Later, Rosa recalled that her refusal wasn’t because she was physically tired, but that she was tired of giving in.”
I had a lot of fun designing this tee, by the way, because I thought it was so important to emphasize that sit-ins are just as important as standing up and being loud.
Are you tired of giving in like Rosa?
I don’t think I would have ever heard of Marie Curie, if my mom hadn’t purchased these books for me as a child and that makes me sad. More recently, the STEM push has been ah-mazing, but it definitely wasn’t around when I was younger. I was not very into science, but learning about Marie Curie made me interested in science and I kicked butt at chemistry.
I mean..she discovered elements. “The discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel in 1896 inspired the Curies in their brilliant researches and analyses which led to the isolation of polonium, named after the country of Marie’s birth, and radium.’
Are you radioactive like Marie?
Joan of Arc
Talk about knowing your purpose in the world! Joan believed that she was called by God to lead the French army…as a peasant girl. She rose through the ranks “With no military training, Joan convinced the embattled crown prince Charles of Valois to allow her to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orléans, where it achieved a momentous victory over the English and their French allies, the Burgundians.”
Do you know your purpose but are too scared to take the jump? You know we love it when you do it afraid!
Is Joan of Arc your homegirl? She’s such a warrior queen!