Women’s History Month was created to bring awareness to and celebrate women that have had a historical impact on our society as a whole. The celebration grew from a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture held in Sonoma, California in 1978. As this idea caught on, two years later, the president declared Women’s History Week to be celebrated the week of March 8th. The holiday was expanded to a month-long celebration per the National Women’s History Project petitioning to have the celebration last much longer.
Women’s History Month honors the achievements of women throughout all fields of life such as that of science, the arts, sports, and world leaders. These women are brought to light to inspire the future generations of young women who want to change the world. I thought to celebrate Women’s History Month, I would provide a brief list of just a few young women who are changing the world one step at a time.
- Amanda Gorman – She is a young, Black poet and activist. Her work dives into the issues of marginalization, feminism, and more. She is the first person in general and woman to perform poetry at the Super Bowl, as well as the youngest inaugural poet at the Presidential Inauguration.
- Greta Thunberg – She is a young, Swedish environmentalist who is internationally known for challenging world leaders to act against climate change. She began her work at the young age of 15, and delivered a speech at the U.N.’s Climate Action Summit at just 16 years old.
- Malala Yousafzai – She is a young, Pakistani activist who fights for the rights of female education. She is the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate to date. We know her for having been shot after an assassination attempt was made against her by the Taliban because of her activism and belief in the power of women’s education.
- Emma Gonzalez – After the Parkland shooting in 2018, the first annual March For Our Lives occurred in which Emma gave a truly empowering speech that will go down in history. She was a pivotal moving part in the largest youth-led gun violence prevention movement ever.
- Shamma Bint Suhail Faris Mazrui – She is believed to be the youngest government minister in the world, and she strives to make sure that young people can engage more effectively with government. In 2016, she was appointed Minister of State for Youth Affairs in the United Arab Emirates.