Women are 51% of the population and drive roughly 80% of the purchasing power of most households.
And yet we only have 105 women, less than 20% of the 535 total, serving in the US House of Representatives and US Senate. Globally, only about 1 in 4 high level executive roles in businesses are held by women. Women in developing countries face high rates of sexual violence and maternal mortality, among other challenges.
International Womens Day began as a way to commemorate the women trade unionists who marched in the early 20th century to protest the poor working conditions and long hours in factories and businesses in New York City. When their Hunger March was attacked in 1907, a commemorative march occurred on March 8th the following year and since then, womens movements around the world use March 8 as a day to highlight the progress their mothers and grandmothers have won and the ongoing struggles women still face.
Whether its the 21st Century suffragettes pictured above, or Rosalind Franklin who was vital to Watson and Crick discovering the double helix of our DNA (for which they won a Nobel Prize, while she did not), or Abigail Adams, who always reminded US founder John Adams to not forget the women, or the super-smart ladies of Hidden Figures (Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson, & Dorothy Vaughan) who helped launch humans into space, women have had and continue to impact the history of the world.
Choose your favorite pioneering woman within science, technology, medicine, business, or government, and write a brief biography, including an explanation of why the woman you chose inspires you. If you dont have a favorite, go research and choose one!
Paper should be 3-5 pages, 11-12-point font, 1.5x spacing, properly sourced and cited (minimum 3 reputable sources).