As Women’s History Month continues, I have been thinking of women in history whom I admire. Women who did amazing things.
- Boudicca of the Iceni, the Celtic warrior queen who led a rebellion in 60 AD against the Roman army when they invaded Britain. Her story was almost forgotten, but Boudicca became well-known in Victorian times. Prince Albert commissioned a bronze statue of her. It is in London still, at Westminster Bridge.
- Abigail Adams was married to John Adams, founding father and second president of the United States. John relied on his wife for advice and support during the turbulent early years of the nation. You could say she was a founding mother of the country.
- Sojourner Truth was born a slave in New York State. She was later freed and became an activist against slavery and a leading proponent of women’s rights. She was an incredible, inspirational woman.
- Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were leaders in the fight for women’s rights. They were friends who worked together for over fifty years. Whenever I cast a vote, I'm grateful to them and the others who fought for that right.
- Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan were celebrated women of the late 19th century and well into the 20th. Helen became blind and deaf at age 19 months, after a severe illness. When Helen was six years old, Annie, a young woman with limited vision, came to the Keller home to teach the child. At first using the manual alphabet and later Braille, Annie opened up the world for the young girl.
- Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday in 1942. In it, she kept a history of the years that she, her family, and others were in hiding from the Nazis. Intelligent and poignant, Anne’s diary is insight to the heart of a young girl caught in circumstances beyond her control.
- Jane Goodall began her studies of chimpanzees when she was in her early 20s. Her findings dramatically challenged animal behavior theories of the day, as she saw the chimps using tools to gather food, fights for dominance among the males, and care for some of the orphaned babies. Her work today focuses on concerns for the environment.
Who are the women you see as inspirational? As role models?