They are nurturers, a listening ear when we need them, and our confidants. They are the women in our lives, ones who deserve to be celebrated. That is what International Women’s Day is all about. Dating back to its debut on March 8, 1911, it was established as – and continues to be – a day to strive for equality and applaud ladies for their social, political, economic, and cultural accomplishments. So, let’s revel in all things female-centric and celebrate!
Influential Women Throughout History
Truly, narrowing down a list of ladies who have shaped history is complicated. Many serve our memories as being impactful, but here is our shortlist of who we think stands out.
- Harriet Tubman – A determined woman who had the heart to serve others – even if it could have cost her life – Harriet Tubman was integral in helping 70 slaves escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Her story teaches that we need to work to help others and overcome odds, despite what the ramifications may be.
- Marie Curie – Gifted in the area of science, the great mind of Marie Curie led her to pioneer research while accomplishing quite a few “firsts.” Not only was she the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but she was also the first woman to win two. Curie didn’t stop there as she went on to eventually claim five Nobel Prizes within the fields of Physics and Chemistry for her work in radioactivity. These recognitions solidified the fact that women are great contributors to science.
- Helen Keller – At a mere 19 months old, Helen Keller contracted an illness that left her deaf and blind. Despite her handicaps and the lack of medical help in the late 1800s, Keller went on to be an author, lecturer, and political activist. Her story is a reminder to defy the odds and rise above – even when it can be frustrating and require considerable effort.
- Maya Angelou – Although she was also known as a singer, actor, and political rights activist, Maya Angelou’s legacy of foremost being a poet lives on through her words of encouragement. As a poet, one of her most famous quotes, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” is a mantra for many.
- Princess Diana – Taken from earth too soon, Princess Diana lived a simple life until she married Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981. Not only did she do what was required of her position, but despite her duty-filled schedule, she was a wonderful mother. Diana served as a great philanthropist, working towards banning land mines and bringing awareness to leprosy. She also listened well and brought a smile to the faces of those who encountered her.
Today’s Women Who are Making a Difference
Again, this list could be lengthy, but here are a few ladies we wanted to celebrate on International Women’s Day and beyond.
- Barbara Walters – As a very public figure, Barbara Walters seems to be someone who keeps on going. She started as a broadcast journalist who had a knack for interviews, who then became the first woman to serve as a news program co-host. Her opinions are strong, but her staying power has proven more durable.
- Sandra Day O’Connor – No matter your political stance, it’s safe to say that Sandra Day O’Connor has been influential. As a retired, long-standing Supreme Court Justice, she was the first woman to serve on the Court. O’Connor has worked tirelessly to educate future generations about the government, including founding the website iCivics and her namesake foundation, the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute.
- Ellen DeGeneres – Over the years, the comedian and show host has shed stereotypes and become an activist. Ellen DeGeneres has a great heart for others and has brought attention to causes such as hurricane relief, abused animals, breast cancer research, and hunger awareness. She is also known for her quirky sense of humor.
- Michelle Obama – This former first lady had all eyes on her for eight years, which she went through with grace and ease. As a wife and mother, she is her family’s rock, yet she also focused on healthy school lunches and the education of adolescent girls during her tenure and beyond. Michelle Obama is a hardworking and classy woman to the core.
- Katherine Johnson – Although she passed recently, our list would not be complete without recognizing the behind-the-scenes contributions of Katherine Johnson, which highlighted in the movie Hidden Figures. Johnson’s mathematical findings during her tenure at NASA were instrumental in the first successful space flights, and she was one of the first African-American women to serve in such a capacity.
Encouraging the Women in Your Life
Yes, we can name all of the influential women that are on TV and in the news, but when it comes down to it, the women who impact us the most are living right alongside us. Our moms, sisters, and BFFs. The thoughtful neighbor who brought you a meal when you were ill. That childhood friend who has listened to each one of your relationship struggles without passing judgment. Not only do they encourage us, but they also shape who we are today.
You may be wondering how to celebrate International Women’s Day, and there is no better way to honor those women than to say thank you with the gift of a keepsake album. Beyond the scrapbook, it’s a way to preserve moments that will live on in our memories.
Whether you choose to give a metal print or canvas print as wall decor, a portrait is always an excellent choice for family members. Imagine your mom’s surprise as you present her with a canvas print of her grandchildren or of a special trip you took together. If wall decor isn’t your style, putting all of those fun Instagram images of your squad into a photo book shows that you enjoy your time together and want to preserve those memories.
The SimplePrints app makes creating your keepsake easy. Use the app to upload your images and order your gift. It’s so simple; you can even do it on the go!
We hope that you have a wonderful International Women’s Day as you celebrate the ladies in your life who have made a difference. A note, call, or keepsake can go a long way in showing them just how much they mean to you – not only on March 8 but throughout the year.