Women in the Street

5 Women You Should Know 

In Honor of Women's History Month

This pages was written by Ari H. from Michigan

March is Women's History Month. 

In the words of a legendary woman, Beyonce

WHO RUNS THE WORLD? GIRLS!

In celebration, here are 5 inspiring women you should know:

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Shirley Chisholm

In 1968, Shirley was the 1st African American Woman elected to the United States Congress. She also made a historic bid for presidency in 1972 as the first woman and African American to run. 

“I want history to remember me... not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and who dared to be herself. I want to be remembered as a catalyst for change in America.”"

-Shirley Chisholm

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Mae Jemison

Mae is a living legend who had been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and International Space Hall of Fame! She was the 1st African American Woman in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992. 

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Currently, Mae leads the 100 Year Starship Project which hopes to lead a successful human trip to another star by the year 2112. 

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Stacey Abrams

Stacey is a political leader, voting rights activist, and author who ran as the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia in 2018. After experiencing voter fraud in her election, Stacey went on to establish Fair Fight which promotes fair elections and encourages voter participation. Most recently, Stacey led 800,000 people to the polls in Georgia to vote in the 2020 election.

 

Fun Fact

Stacey Abrams is a Spelman College alumna!

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Janet Mock

Janet is a breaking barriers in Hollywood as a writer, director and transgender rights activist. Janet has written two memoirs, signed a multi-million dollar deal with Netflix, and boasts several writing and directing credits including one of FX’s most popular shows, POSE. 

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Check out Janet Mock’s Interview with the Breakfast Club on Youtube!

Misty Copeland

Misty is an inspiration to all of the young Black aspiring ballerinas. Misty was the first Black woman to be promoted to Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. Today, Misty has a Barbie doll created in her honor and she is establishing her own dancewear line. 

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"You can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed."

-Misty Copeland