Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history and reflect on the ongoing systematic social marginalisation that has undervalued them and deprived humanity of so much of its ingenuity and genius – an ongoing problem as witnessed by the Pledge For Parity campaign for universal equality for men and women. An inclusive and egalitarian society is possible but it requires us all to work to realise it.
The inspiring women listed below are just a small selection that immediately caught our eye from the many rulers, scientists, adventurers, authors and pioneers in recent history. Read on and follow the links to find out more.
Mariam Mirzhakani won the 2014 Fields Medal in Maths, equivalent to a Nobel Prize in Mathematics.
Delia Derbyshire was an English pioneer composer of Electronic Music and Musique Concrete.
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first US medical graduate and first UK woman Doctor who helped to break down social barriers.
Emily Dickinson was a prolific poet who wrote many poems that revolved around explorations of death and its ambiguities, although most were not published during her lifetime.
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Quick, someone call Hollywood…ideal movie material!
Rosa Parks protest sparked the American Civil Rights movement and helped inspire social change and greater equality across the US.
Emmeline Pankhurst was a leading British suffragette who died helped gain the right to vote for women in the UK.
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