Women in History

Sydney Reed, Staff Writer

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As March comes to a close, so does International Women in History month, but the impact women have had on our lives today should still live on. Many womens’ influences have impacted our lives majorly, and some, not as big. Still, the influences women have had on our life today are undeniably important. Specifically, Sojourner Truth, Millicent Fawcett, and Emily Murphy have all had an impact on our lives and have shown just what women can do.

Sojourner Truth, born Isabella “Bell” Baumfree in 1797, was a women’s rights activist who was known for her powerful speeches. Her most famous speech was called, “Ain’t I A Women?” which expressed her thoughts on women’s rights.

While still a teen, she escaped slavery with her infant daughter. After, she went to court to win back the custody of her son, and gained the status of being the first African American women to win a case against a white man. She finally ended her remarkable run when she was added to the Smithsonian’s list for “100 Most Significant Americans of All Time”. Sojourner Truth is an inspiration to all for her undeniable spirit and her bravery when coming to fulfill her dreams.

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, also known as Millicent Fawcett, was born on June 11, 1847 and died on August 5, 1929. She was known for being a politician, a feminist, and a successful suffragist. She, along with the help of other women, granted women the right to vote; her campaigns being the leading cause of the 19th amendment. Millicent was a tireless campaigner and always worked to accomplish her goals.

In 1875, she co-founded a college because she had a strong belief that women should get a higher education. Talk about girl power! Millicent Fawcett is an inspiration to all to go after your dreams and never look back because all your dreams will come true if you put your mind to it.  

Emily Murphy, a Canadian Women’s Rights activist, was born Emily Gowan Ferguson on March 14, 1868 and died October 17, 1933. A Canadian rule, that stated, “Women should not be treated as peoples” infuriated many women, including Emily Murphy and she campaigned to change this. She is known for being a part of the “Famous Five” a group of women campaigners. Emily also expressed her feelings towards women’s rights. Emily and her efforts toward changing unfair laws and communicating the effects of women’s rights have put her name next to some of the greats.

As March comes to a close, so does International Women in History month, but the impact women have had on our lives today should still live on. Sojourner Truth, Millicent Fawcett, and Emily Murphy have, specifically, had a major effect on our life. Women have come so far, and still have a long way to go. As March comes to a close, women’s legacy should still live on, and people around the world should continue to ensure equality for all!

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