International Women’s Day may have been this weekend, but it’s never too late to celebrate the achievements of women from around the world. From fighting for voting rights to becoming world leaders, women have been making their mark.
Throughout world history, women of all creeds and colors have come together to improve not only their rights, but society as a whole. They may have faced adversity, but they continued to fight for what is right to make our world a better place.
To continue celebrating and uplifting women around the world this Women’s History Month, we take a look back at some important girl and women-led movements that have pushed our society forward.
Putting Our Environment First: Little Miss Flint and Greta Thunberg
With community resources like water being threatened, and climate change rapidly becoming a climate crisis, two young girls have taken it upon themselves to raise awareness and make a difference.
Amariyanna "Mari" Copeny, otherwise known as Little Miss Flint, has spent five years drawing attention to the water crisis in her hometown of Flint, Michigan. This fact is made even more impressive considering she is only 13 years old.
Her letter to President Barack Obama and continued community fundraising made headlines nationally and internationally. Copeny’s activism has made a large difference not only in her home state, but has inspired other young people to improve the world around them.
Greta Thunberg may be viewed as controversial and radical by some, but she has made the climate a hot button issue for members of Generation Z. By 17 years old, Thunberg has sailed alone across the Atlantic Ocean, made speeches at conferences like Davos and the United Nations Climate Action Summit, and has led global protests about the climate crisis. Not bad for someone still in high school.
Championing Education for All: Malala Yousafzai and Girls Who Code
For many decades, a formal education was not something women could hope to attain. Unfortunately, there are some parts of the world where this is still true. Thanks to the brave efforts of strong women working together worldwide, a proper education has been made more accessible.
The name Malala Yousafzai is internationally recognized, and for good reason. She is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in history, but more importantly, she made women’s education a global issue.
She started to make headlines as a teenager after a documentary about her life under Taliban occupation in Pakistan. Angered by her activism, the Taliban targeted her in an assassination attempt.
Thankfully, Yousafzai survived, and has continued to use her rising platform to be a voice for women’s education and other social issues affecting the underprivileged around the world.
Women’s education is not only a problem abroad, but in the United States as well. There are many that believe that girls and women are suited for certain skills, which automatically disqualifies them from others. For example, as of 2015, only 18% of computer science degrees were attained by women.
Girls Who Code has been working to fix that. This nonprofit organization was started in 2012 and has steadily grown in numbers. It works with young girls (and boys) to develop their computer skills so they can feel more confident about their ability to perform in computer science fields
Fighting for a Safer Country: 9M Movement
Not every woman feels safe doing routine activities their male counterparts don’t think twice about: walking alone on the street, ordering a ride share, or even dressing in the clothes that they like.
These unfortunate problems led to a nationwide protest in Mexico in 2020. The 9M protest, also known as The Day Without Women, was coordinated by women throughout the country the day after International Women’s Day. Offices, classrooms, and streets were noticeably empty in Mexico as the women of its 32 states joined together to say “enough is enough”.
The protest drew international attention, and put a sharp focus on the issues facing women within the country. It was a powerful statement that put even more pressure on the country’s leaders to enact change.
While there are still many issues that women have to deal with on a daily basis, there are even more women willing to step up to the plate. Regardless of age or international fame, the women in our lives are blazing paths for those that will follow them, and continue to build a better tomorrow for the rest of us.
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