Published on March 15, 2019
Happy March and Happy Women’s History Month! All the way from Ada Lovelace to Malala Yousafzai, there have been tons of influential women that have sparked a plethora of change throughout our world. Let’s take a look at how women have changed the course of history and should not only be celebrated this month, but every month.
Ada Lovelace, 1815-1852: Wrote instructions for the first computer program. Although not acknowledged until after death, Lovelace’s notes were published in 1953 and contributed to advances in science.
Amelia Earhart, 1897-1937: Became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, setting an example for other aspiring female pilots to follow their dreams.
Mother Teresa, 1910-1975: Known for her charitable works, Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity whose members served over 130 countries. These women devoted their time to soup kitchens, orphanages and schools, drastically reducing poverty around the world.
Rosa Parks, 1913-2005: Refused to give up her seat on a bus in an effort to challenge racial segregation. Parks inspired the African American community contributing to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
Wangari Maathai, 1940-2011: Founded the Green Belt Movement and was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala Yousafzai 1997-present: Stood up against the Taliban to advocate for female education and equality.
As you can see, women have been and are currently taking the lead, making discoveries and standing up for their beliefs in many different fields. Take some time this month to cherish and thank all the women in your life who have inspired you to achieve what you never thought was possible!
In honor of Women’s History Month, the University of Missouri Women’s Center is holding a number of events that are open to the public. Be sure to check out their webpage and help us honor, admire and lift up the women around us! If you’d like to learn about more resources related to women and career development, check out Mizzou Career Tools on our website!