Iconic Women To Celebrate This Women's History Month

March 1, 2020

By Madisson Haynes

Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks – these women are some of the many faces of Women’s History Month. They broke barriers, changed laws and orchestrated some of the most powerful movements in the history of women. It's women like these, and many others, we recognize during Women's History Month. Here's a few more iconic women – both past and present – to celebrate during the month of March.

Fierce Women of Art

Fierce Women of Art by The Art Assignment features a group of supremely awesome and unapologetic artists who take risks, question art-world practices and also happen to be women. These inspirational artists include the Guerrilla Girls, Corita Kent, Lynda Benglis, Xiao Lu, and Kara Walker.

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony helped lead the way for women's right to vote. In 1846 while teaching at a female academy in Canajoharie, New York, Susan discovered that she earned about a quarter of the salary as the male teachers. She Inspires showcases Anthony, who eventually became the co-founder of the Women’s Suffrage Association and spent the rest of her life fighting for women to have equal rights and an equal voice.

Roxane Gay

See how Roxane Gay, child of Haitian immigrants, transcended expectations to become a leading voice in the feminist movement with her essay collection "Bad Feminist." Breaking Big dives into how she converted a painful childhood into a career that helped women around the world.

Fierce Women of Art 2

From Artemisia Gentileschi, Mona Hatoum, Frida Kahlo, Hannah Höch, and Yayoi Kusama, these women artists push boundaries. Fierce Women of Art 2 by The Art Assignment highlights women and their extraordinary work.

Amelia Earhart

The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart was one of America’s first celebrities. After only a few years as a pilot she became the best-known female flier in America, not only for her daring and determination, but also for her outspoken personality. American Experience portrays her journey.

Real Women, Real Jobs

These are the innovators, problem-solvers and dreamers who live right next door, passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. Real Women, Real Jobs by SciGirls features Minnesota women of STEM.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the 20th century's most influential women. She transformed the role of first lady, challenged the Democratic Party, and dedicated her life to helping others. Eleanor Roosevelt by She Inspires highlights the social reformer and diplomat.

Danai Gurira

Tony Award-nominated writer Gurira made the leap from storyteller to Hollywood superstar. The Zimbabwe native yearned to bring African faces and voices to Broadway through her plays, but ended up starring in the mega-hit "Black Panther. Danai Gurira features the star in Breaking Big.

Betty Friedan

In 1963 Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique and exposed the happy homemaker myth. Many women wanted the opportunity of a career of their own, and Friedan wrote about it, highlighted in Makers.

Unladylike2020

Illuminating the stories of extraordinary American heroines from the early years of feminism, American MastersUnladylike2020 is a multimedia series consisting of a one-hour special for broadcast and 26 digital short films featuring courageous, little-known and diverse female trailblazers from the turn of the 20th century.

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