Women Change History: Part One

Women Change History: Part One

As a part of Women’s History month we wanted to share with you five women each week that are changing history. These woman are either paving the way to impact change in today’s world or have already changed history by being the first woman to accomplish a great advance for their time. This collection of women is the first installment of this month long celebration.

Here we go, this week we are proud to celebrate…

Judy Yung is best known for her groundbreaking work in documenting the immigration history of Angel Island and the life stories of Chinese American women.  Yung is an oral historian who is passionate about breaking down Chinese American stereotypes. She is currently teaching American Studies in California and continues to advocate for women’s rights and preserve the stories of women that immigrated to America.

Meera Vijayann took a bold and brave step for her community by sharing a very personal story in her TED Talk about gender violence in India. Vijayann advocates for the education of women and girls in India inside and outside of the classroom. She won the CNN IBN Citizen Journalism Award towards reportage of the protests that followed the Delhi Gang Rape and is also the Youth Ambassador for India on Sexual Violence in Conflict. As a woman under 30, she really has made waves for women and girls all over the world in just a few years. We can’t wait to see Meera continue to share her story and through journalism to shine light on important issues.

Margaret Thatcher is the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the twentieth century, as well as being the only woman in history to hold the office. Thatcher was known for her conservative views and during her term she was often held in unpopular opinion. Overcoming these obstacles and governing a nation was a great accomplishment for Baroness Thatcher.

Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to orbit the earth in the space shuttle, Endeavor in 1992. Aside from being a scientist and a physician, Jemison also loves to dance. Jemison is an active public speaker on science and technology. She continues to inspire young people and empower African American women to take an interest in STEM fields.

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, as well as the first and only person to win a Nobel Prize in two fields of study. Curie’s theory of radioactivity was so revolutionary and has lead to so many advances in science including the X-Ray. Sadly, Curie’s death was related to her passion for science by way of overexposure to radiation. Marie Curie was a visionary and paved the way for so many women in STEM.