In celebration of International Women’s Day today (8 March), the LiFTS Admin and Academic staff highlight the women that have been inspiring to them.
All are welcome at our Women’s Day event this afternoon from 2pm:
Gloria Jean Watkins (1952-Present), better known as “Bell Hooks”, is a feminist, social activist and author born in working class Kentucky who fundamentally shaped feminist theory by setting out the impact of sexism, class and racism on black women.
Malala Yousafzai (1997-Present) battled for the advocacy for education and for women in Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. She is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
Edith Cavell (1865-1915) showed no discrimination for life and nursed both allied and German soldiers in Belgium to health before being shot by the German military for her work.
Caroline Lucas (1950-Present) is MP for Brighton and championed the cause to end The Sun’s “Page Three” by wearing a “No more Page Three” t-shirt during a Commons debate.
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928) was a leading British women’s rights activist, who led the Suffragette movement to win the right for women to vote.
Marie Stopes (1880-1958) campaigned for women to have the right to birth control and founded the Family Planning association.
Sophia Scholl (1921-1943) was a member of the anti-Nazi resistance group “The White Rose” based in the University of Munich and was executed for distributing anti-Nazi leaflets.
Sandra Day O’Connor (1930-Present) was the first woman to become justice of the Supreme Court, serving in the position for twenty five years from 1981-2006.
Who are your inspirational women? Let us know!