Each March is a time to celebrate National Women’s History month. Today, we’ll spend a bit of time honoring just a few of the many courageous women who have carved their place in our nation’s history, from campaigning for womens’ voting rights, to fighting for a spot on our nation’s Supreme Court as a justice, these among countless other brave women have had a significant impact on women’s rights–and the way women today are free to live their lives.
Fighting for Freedom
Many will recognize Susan B. Anthony as an iconic leader of the suffragette movement in the late 1800s. Born in 1820, Anthony was an emancipation activist, campaigning for the freedom and rights of countless slaves. Her main focus, however, was women’s rights to vote.
Anthony fought for 50 years, leading protests and delivering speeches, all for the sake of earning women’s rights to vote. Ultimately, she died in 1906, 14 years before women would earn that right.
Voice of the World
Marguerite Higgins was a well known reporter during multiple wars in the mid 1900s. Born in 1920, she fell in love with journalism and began covering news stories, before moving on as a war correspondent, giving voice to thousands and their struggles on the other side of the world. She covered World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Higgins was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for foreign correspondence, and played a significant role in fighting for equal rights for women in foreign correspondence.
A Presidential Legacy
Born in 1884, Eleanor Roosevelt was the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States. However, her legacy extends far beyond her role as First Lady. She was a staunch advocate for civil rights, women’s rights, and human rights, using her platform to speak out against injustice and inequality.
During her husband’s presidency, she became the first First Lady to hold press conferences and to have her own radio show, where she shared her views on political and social issues. After his death, she continued her activism, serving as a delegate to the United Nations and playing a crucial role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Judge and Jury
Sandra Day O’Connor, born in 1930, showed an early aptitude for learning. Graduating early from school, she went on to secure a place for women in the legal system. She moved from working for free in a voluntary position, to owning her own private practice, to being nominated and unanimously elected to a position on the Supreme Court as a justice in 1981–the first woman to do so.
O’Connor served as a justice until 2006, and was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by former president Barack Obama.
The list of influential women in our nation’s history is long and rich. How can you show your support for National Women’s History month? Take some time to learn about the influential women of the past. Depression among women is not new, but it’s on the rise. Here at TMS LV, we’re dedicated to helping women cope with–and surpass–mental health concerns. As society begins to shed its stigma, more treatments are created. Reach out to us and let us help you or someone you love achieve a higher quality of life here at the TMS Center of Lehigh Valley.