The month of March is recognized as Women’s History Month. How much do you know about women’s history? Learn even more about how women have made significant contributions throughout history with this list of interesting facts.
Madam C.J. Walker
(December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919)
Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was an African-American philantropist, entrepreneur, and political and social activist. She is known as the first female “self-made” millionaire in the United States. Her beauty and hair products helped her to become one of the wealthiest African-American women in America, as well as one of the most successful black business owners of all time. After her incredible success, Madam C.J. Walker made numerous financial donations to various organizations, and also became a patron of the arts.
Susan B. Anthony
(February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906)
Susan B. Anthony played a pivotal part in the Women’s Suffrage Movement as a women’s rights activist and American social reformer. She traveled all over for this cause, giving 75 to 100 speeches each year. Throughout her life, she also worked on various state campaigns, worked for women’s rights internationally, assisted with the development of the International Council of Women, and helped create the World’s Congress of Representative Women.
Barbara C. Jordan
(February 21, 1936 – January 17, 1996)
Barbara C. Jordan was best known as an American educator, lawyer, and politician. She was a leader of the Civil Right Movement, and also holds the title for multiple “firsts”. Jordan was the first African American to ever be elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction. She was also the first African American woman from the south to ever be elected to the US House of Representatives. Barbara Jordan was known as an eloquent speaker. Subsequently, she holds another notable title of being the first African American woman to ever deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention.
Billie Jean King
(November 22, 1943 – )
Billie Jean King made history as a professional tennis player. She is a former World #1 player, winning a total of 39 Grand Slam titles. During her career, King represented the US multiple times in the Wightman Cup and the Federal Cup. She also founded the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Women’s Tennis Association. Billie Jean King is currently an advocate for gender equality and has been a pioneer for social justice and equality for many years.
Rosie the Riveter
(World War II)
This World War II cultural icon was created to represent the influx of women who worked in shipyards and factories during 1940 through 1945. These hardworking women produced war supplies, munitions, and some even replaced male workers in the workforce. The Rosie the Riveter icon was used as a symbol of women’s economic power and American feminism.
The professionals here at Toyota of Boerne would like to wish you a Happy Women’s History Month and send our thanks to all of the women who have helped to positively affect our country over the years. Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning more information about how women have contributed throughout history.