Five inspiring women of color you need to know
While women have contributed to society since the beginning of time, it was only recently that the other half of the world’s population’s efforts were formally recognized through an official holiday. Inspired by grassroots efforts across the country, Congress declared the month of March Women’s History Month in 1987.
Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate and encourage the important role of women in American history and is an opportunity to illuminate accomplished women of color, in particular.
In honor of Women’s History Month, USA Today highlighted 36 women of color whose “names you should know.” A sprinkling of names from the list includes:
1. Barbara Jordan, the first African-American woman from the South elected to the U.S. House of Representatives who was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1990.
2. Dolores Huerta, a labor activist and co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association who has advocated for immigrant and Latino rights in the United States.
3. Ava DuVernay, director of the movie Selma and the first African-American woman nominated for a Golden Globe for best director.
4. Wilma Mankiller, the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation and advocate for women’s and Native American rights.
With more than 22,000 women who live in Holiday Retirement communities, there’s no shortage of impressive ladies to celebrate. Inspired by their residents, Holiday Retirement’s Atrium at Gainesville hosted an event, “Women Who Changed History,” which discussed significant women around the world.
One especially impressive resident at the Gainesville retirement community and the fifth inspiring woman of color you need to know is:
5. Dr. Mildred Hill-Lubin, one of the first female professors at the University of Florida. During her tenure, she introduced and taught courses in African and African-American literature. She is also one of the founders of the Women’s Studies program at the school, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this month.
“I am always amazed at the various backgrounds of our residents,” said Annina Jest, enrichment coordinator at Atrium at Gainesville. “Mildred’s passion for literature and women’s rights adds greatly to our lives at the Atrium. We have many strong, independent women who achieved amazing things during a time when it was difficult for women to even make a career for their own.”
You can read more inspiring stories of Holiday Retirement women in 20th Century Milestones: American Women's History Then and Now, and you can always stop by a community near you to meet these impressive women in person!