March is Women’s History Month! A time to look back on prominent women in history and their contributions to the worlds and their specific fields. Here are some important women that we want to highlight this year!
Important Women in History
Jane Addams was a front line progressive social reformer and activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During World War I, Addams found a calling towards promoting international peace. This calling led to her being given the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. She was the first woman in American history to receive that award.
Women in Literature
Sandra Cisneros is a well known poet and writer whose works explore life in the working class. She has dual citizenship in the United States and in Mexico. She also founded two non-profits that help to foster the careers of aspiring writers: the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation.
Women in Music History
Well known by many, Selena is a woman who broke down barriers in Latin music history. Upon her entrance to the Tejano music scene, it was very much male dominated. Women were not super successful, but Selena, with her family band, broke down those walls. She went on to branch out into another area of interest – fashion design. She was the first woman in history to win a Grammy for Best Mexican-American Artist for her album Amor Prohibido. Tragically, her life came to an early end when she was murdered by a once close friend, Yolanda Saldivar. Even though she has been gone for over 25 years, she lives on through her music and the love of her fans!
Women in Political History
Sandra Day O’Connor
Sandra Day O’Connor is a retired attorney, politician, and was the first woman in history to be nominated and confirmed to the United States Supreme Court in 1981. She served as a Supreme Court Justice until her retirement in 2006.
Women in Science
Marie Curie made a name for herself in Science along with her husband Pierre for their discovery of the elements polonium and radium and the discovery of radiation. After her husbands death, she continued her work and won another Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Woman in Sports
Serena Williams is an American tennis player who was the former No. 1 in World Singles. She has won 23 Grand Slam titles in singles; the most by any one player in the Open Era and second of all-time behind Margaret Court.