International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8th to honor the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world.
The day serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for gender equality and a call to action for women’s rights.
International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s and has since grown into a global celebration with events, rallies, and activities taking place in many countries.
The day also serves as an opportunity to highlight the contributions of women throughout history and to acknowledge the challenges and obstacles they have faced in their quest for equality.
Numerous women pioneers have cleared the path for others to follow. Here’s some of them;
Wangari Maathai – Environmental and political activist, founder of the Green Belt Movement, and first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Lupita Nyong’o – Academy Award-winning actress, producer, and LGBTQ+ activist.
Tabitha Karanja – Founder and CEO of Keroche Breweries, the first beer-making company to be owned by a Kenyan.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: She was the second woman appointed to the US Supreme Court and fought tirelessly for women’s rights and gender equality.
Malala Yousafzai: She is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate.
Oprah Winfrey: She is a media mogul and philanthropist who has paved the way for women of color in the entertainment industry.
Serena Williams: She is one of the greatest tennis players of all time and a fierce advocate for gender and racial equality.
Ellen DeGeneres: She is a comedian, talk show host, and LGBTQ+ activist who has been a pioneer for LGBTQ+ representation in mainstream media.
These women, among many others, like –
Michelle Obama – a lawyer, author, and former First Lady of the United States. She is known for her advocacy work on issues such as education, healthy eating, and physical fitness.
Maya Angelou (an American author, poet, and civil rights activist. She is best known for her autobiographical book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which tells the story of her early life and experiences of racism, trauma, and abuse,
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – a Nigerian author, feminist, and cultural critic. She is best known for her novels, including “Purple Hibiscus,” “Half of a Yellow Sun,” and “Americanah,” which explore themes of identity, race, gender, and colonialism,
All this women plus many more have left a lasting impact on their communities and countries, inspiring future generations of African and Global women to pursue their dreams and make their own contributions to society.