Happy International Women's Day - A List of Inspirational Women from A to Z

Happy International Women's Day!

As a tribute to all of those that inspire, empower, fight and have fought for women, we put together a list from A to Z of women who impacted our lives and the world we live in. We highlight amazing leaders, activists, advocates for women's rights and so much more! As a bonus, not only does this piece feature the inspirational and hard working women of our radio stations, but this video was shot, produced and edited entirely by women.

Who would you include on your list? Watch the video and see the full list below!

 

A

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress

B

Beyonce: Won 22 Grammy Awards and consistently contributes to a wide range of philanthropies

C

Coco Chanel: One of the 20th century's best-known fashion designers. Her look defined the 1920s and the 1950s

D

Dolores Huerta: Co-founder of the United Farm Workers, she strove to secure a living wage for the people who harvest our nation's food.

E

Elizabeth Blackwell: First woman in the world to graduate from medical school. Also, a pioneer in the education of women in medicine.

F

Frida Kahlo: Mexican painter whose style reflected Mexican folk culture and her own pain and suffering.

G

Gloria Steinem: Journalist, activist, and feminist that went undercover as a Playboy Bunny to write an article about how women were treated in the gentleman's clubs.

H

Harriet Tubman: Escaped slavery and led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.

I

Isabel Allende: Fled Chile when her uncle, the president, was assassinated. Wrote novels that look at women's lives, with both mythology and realism.

J

Joanne Hayes-White: The first woman ever to lead the San Francisco Fire Department and the longest-serving big-city fire chief in the country.

K

Kathryn Bigelow: The first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director, in 2010.

L

London Breed: San Francisco’s first African American Woman Mayor.

Libby Schaaf: An advocate for higher minimum wage and the current mayor of Oakland.

M

Maya Angelou: One of most influential poets or writers of all time who has been called “America’s most visible black female autobiographer” after her series of six volumes accounting her life experiences.

N

Nancy Pelosi: First woman Speaker of the House, and the only one to do so to date.

O

Oprah: A television icon. Also, one of America's most successful business people and a philanthropist.

P

Patsy Takemoto Mink: A civil rights champion who was the 1st Asian American woman elected to Congress. Authored the Title IX Amendment which was passed to “end discrimination in various fields based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in the areas of employment and public accommodation.”

Q

Queen Latifah: Grammy-winning rapper who was the first female hip-hop recording artist to get nominated for an Oscar.

R

Renel Brooks-Moon: First female announcer of a championship game in any professional sport

S

Sally Ride: First American woman astronaut in space.

T

Toni Morrison: Won the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature and is known for writing about the black woman's experience.

U

Uma Thurman: An award-winning actress best known for her roles in Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. Now, a member of a charitable organization providing aid to families and children suffering poverty.

V

Vera Wang: One of America’s most prominent designers, best known for her iconic wedding dresses.

W

Wangari Maathai: The founder of the Green Belt Movement and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

X

Xiomara Diaz: Uses her business connections to identify and fight sexual exploitation and raise awareness of the issue in Nicaragua.

Y

Yalitza Aparicio: First Indigenous woman, the fourth Latina, and the second Mexican woman to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Z

Zora Neale Hurston: Author of African-American literature who portrayed racial struggle in the early 20th century American South.

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