As this is Women’s History Month, I was asked to write an entry on a woman I admired. I thought, “Just one?” and “Does she need to be an historical figure?” I googled “unsung females,” “women warriors,” “cool chicks,” “invisible women” and many more.  

Women I considered writing about included:

Women business leaders:   

Janet Yellen, United States Secretary of the Treasury

Meg Whitman, former CEO of Quibi, Hewlett Packard and eBay

Sara Blakely, entrepreneur and Founder of Spanx

Jane Fraser, CEO of Citigroup

Deanna Mulligan, Board Chair and former CEO of Guardian Life Insurance

Why: Breaking the glass ceiling and showing the world who’s boss.

Women activists:

Stacey Abrams, Founder, Fair Fight Action, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate

Rep. Katie Porter (D-California)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-New York)

Susan B. Anthony, women’s rights activist  

Betty Friedan, author, The Feminine Mystique

Why: Speaking truth to power.

Women scientists:

Marie Curie, physicist and chemist, 1903 and 1911 Nobel Prize winner

Katherine Johnson, NASA research mathematician

Tiera Guinn, NASA aerospace engineer

Jane Goodall, primate scientist 

Jennifer Doudna, genetic engineer, 2020 Nobel Prize winner

Why: Pursuing curiosity beyond limits.

Women comics: 

Lucille Ball, actress, producer, I Love Lucy

Tracey Ullman, actress, writer, producer, The Tracey Ullman Show

Carol Burnett, comedienne, The Carol Burnett Show

Melissa McCarthy, actress, Mike & Molly, Bridesmaids, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live comedienne

Why: Making us laugh, especially at ourselves. There is real honesty, pain and love in comedy.

Women warriors:

Harriet Tubman, Civil War, abolitionist

Clara Barton, Civil War 

Mary Hays, a.k.a. Molly Pitcher, Revolutionary War

Joan of Arc, Hundred Years’ War

Andrea Hollen, first female graduate of West Point

Why: These ladies fought for freedom. How can you not admire them? They show what true bravery is. Fighting for what they believe in, while fighting for the right to do just that.

There truly are so many, many more women in history and in our current day that merit celebration, adulation and emulation. I cannot possibly compile a comprehensive list.  

What I do know is this: Women have contributed mightily to our society and culture, including women who have become famous and women who have not. In our pedestrian, everyday lives, women make a difference to those around them, often unnoticed and uncelebrated. It’s high time we celebrated our own contributions. That requires a regular practice of not minimizing our efforts, not making ourselves small, not remaining silent and not being content with what is. 

In celebrating Women’s History Month as a way to lift all our voices, we are not just honoring ourselves, but contributing to a fuller expression of our society, for without the contributions of women, we simply cannot exist as a people. What we are doing, then, is profound: We are allowing our societies, our families and ourselves to become whole.

The Future of Connection for Women

Lauren Mullen

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