Women’s History month Gallery
By Abby Corado
To mark International Women’s Day, the Bugle celebrates March as the month of women’s empowerment! In honor of Women’s History Month, we have a gallery of seven international female figures that have made an impact for women collectively.
Margaret Thatcher was also known as the “Iron Lady” due to her firm and assertive leadership style. “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.” (Credit: Photo by Historia/REX/Shutterstock) Frida Kahlo was a Mexican woman known for her art and her political activism. Significantly, her art built ancestry that tied down to Mexican social values and morale. “I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.” Claudette Colvin is not as known as Rosa Parks, but similarly defied the likes of segregation in the 1950s by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. Colvin was a pioneer of the 1950’s civil rights movement. “I knew then and I know now that, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right. ‘” Marsha P. Johnson was an outspoken advocate for gay rights. Johnson played a big role in the 1969 Stonewall riots and continuously fought for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. “How many years has it taken people to realize that we are all brothers and sisters and human beings in the human race?” Grace Lee Boggs was an Asian American intersectional feminist. Because of Boggs’s background of being a part of the first generation, she was aware of the struggles that her community faced and that incentivized her to want to make a significant change. “History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past. How we tell these stories – triumphantly or self-critically, metaphysically or dialect ally – has a lot to do with whether we cut short or advance our evolution as human beings.” Amanda Koonjbeharry, like many women, faced the experiences of racial injustice and gender-based violence. One of her more known acts to solve these issues was her involvement in working to prevent the sexual exploitation and trafficking of the youth. “The ‘Voices of Safe Harbor’ report is important because it is a way for victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking to be heard and to share their stories,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg was on the federal bench for 25 years and in doing so she became the second woman to serve in the United States Supreme Court. In her 25 years, she made sure to establish her advocacy for gender equality, civil rights, and women’s rights. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”