Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we have put together a list of 6 women that have contributed to world history in various and meaningful ways.

Jane Austen (1775 – 1817)

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics. Her literary influence remains and the themes and lessons from her novels still hold up today.

Anne Frank (1929 – 1945)

The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most honest, powerful and poignant accounts of World War II and was written by a German teenage girl. The Franks were a Jewish family living in Germany, then Austria throughout Hitler’s rise to power and during World War II. The family hid in a secret annex with four other people throughout the war but were discovered and sent to concentration camps in 1944. Out of the Frank family, only Anne’s father survived, and he made the decision to publish Anne’s diary.

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)

Maya Angelou is one of the most influential women in American history and was a poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist, whose award-winning memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings made literary history as the first nonfiction best-seller by an African-American woman.

Amelia Earheart (1897 – 1937)

Amelia Earhart was the definition of a rule breaker. An American aviator who became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and the first person ever to fly solo from Hawaii to the US, Amelia was a pioneering aviator and a true female trailblazer.

Sojourner Truth (1797 – 1883)

Sojourner Truth is one of the most inspirational black women in America’s history and her words belong to one of the most famous speeches by any woman.  An African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist, Truth delivered a now famous speech at the Ohio Women’s Right’s Convention in Akron, 1851, that has come to be known as “Ain’t I a Woman?” Known as one of the foremost leaders of the abolition movement and one of the earliest advocates for women’s rights.

Edith Cowan (1861 – 1932)

Her face is on our $50 dollar note and she has a University named after her in Western Australia, but what you may not know is that Edith Cowan was Australia’s first ever female Member of Parliament and a fierce women’s rights activist.