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We’ve taken the past couple of days to honor women that we consider influential. These women have embodied the strength of women and have not been afraid to show the world what they are made of!  They are considered excellent role models for every generation and gender. Everyone can learn something from at least one of these intriguing women.

Here’s to strong women. 
May we know them. 
May we be them. 
May we raise them.

Amelia Earhart

Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received multiple awards in aviation, but not to be outdone by her writing skills. Amelia was also an award winning author and tended to write about her flying experiences. She took her knowledge to Purdue University where she was a career counselor for female students. Amelia was always looking to share her knowledge to help improve equal rights for women, an issue she herself had to deal with. She was one of the first to support the Equal Rights Amendment, which worked to guarantee equal rights for all citizens regardless of their gender.

Frida Kahlo

Painter Frida Kahlo, who mostly painted self- portraits, used her paintings to carry her message. Her paintings made her viewed by many as an icon of female creativity. She used her paintings to show what she was dealing with within her life and the many challenges she faced. She was never afraid to voice her option, a key reason her paintings became so famous throughout the years.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Not only is Jackie considered one of the greatest all-time athletes in the heptathlon and long jump, but her works away from the track have made headlines as well. After retiring from track and field, Jackie founded the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center Foundation which helps underprivileged kids play sports. Jackie also partnered with a handful of other athletes to create Athletes for Hope. This organization encourages current professional athletes and volunteers to get involved in charitable causes to support the local community.

Rosa Parks

Rosa was also known as “the first lady of civil right” and “the mother of the freedom movement.” She was a staple of the Civil Rights Movement and consistently took a stand for what she believed in and received numerous awards for her efforts. She was most known for her bus boycotting and often used the phrase that she was “tired of giving in.” Her resilience was noticed by many including Martin Luther King Jr., who confided in her on numerous occasions. Even after the movement was over, she insisted that her work was not done and that there was much more to be completed.

Sally Ride

Sally was the first American women to enter space but she is equally known for her efforts on Earth. After retiring from space travel, she took her talents to the University of California and became the director of Californian Space Institute and later on opened her own company aiming to inspire girls to pursue science and math. Both fields were known to be male dominant containing little female activists. Sally saw this as an opportunity to stand up and use her voice. She was well respected in her field, receiving many honors for her efforts in space travels and her work to bring women into her field.

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