Women

Malala is named after Malalai, a Pashtun heroine, and has truly lived up to her name. July 12, which is also her birthday, was declared by the UN as Malala Day.

Meet Ntozake Shange, an American playwright and poet. She is most famous for her play For Colored Girls, a unique blend of poetry, music, dance and drama called a “choreopoem".⁠

Simone de Beauvoir was a French writer, philosopher, political activist and feminist. Her books are still read today!⁠

Born in Buenos Aires in 1859, Cecilia Grierson was a physician, activist, author, inventor, reformer, and the first woman to receive a medical degree in Argentina! ⁠

Ada's vision of computer possibilities went unrecognized for a century. In 1843, Ada published what we would now call a computer program.⁠

Wangari Maathai is known for her roles as an environmentalist, feminist, politician, professor and human rights advocate. She was the first woman from East or Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree.

Here's a small collection of Black women in America we should all know. Look up their names and dig into their stories. Read books, watch documentaries and listen to podcasts.

"Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth" - Winona La Duke

From a young age, Viola dreamed of having her own business and by age 32 she was making her dreams come true - she had her own beauty salon, her own line of products and had set up a school to train other Black women.

Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a teacher, leading women's rights activist in Nigeria and political campaigner against colonialism forming part of the delegation that negotiated Nigeria’s independence.