March is Women's History month and it's safe to say that society has come a long way!
Did you know that 2020 will mark 100 years since women in America were granted the right to vote? It's hard to believe that less than a hundred years ago women all across the USA were denied a basic right enjoyed by male citizens. Other basic rights that were denied to women included the inability to legally own property and claim any money they might earn. In short, women were powerless. Today women can not only freely vote, we can also run for President, purchase multiple properties and own every hard working cent we make!
Although we still have a long way to go, it's the courageous women who have come before us who are the reason women all around the world can now pursue bigger dreams with less restrictions.
The following women are shining examples of fearless determination, innovation and an abundance of resilience who changed our world for the better.
Susan B. Anthony
It is said that Anthony is perhaps the most well-known women's rights activist in history. Born in Massachusetts, Anthony was one of the pioneers of the Women Suffrage, a movement that campaigned for the right of women to vote and run for office. Along with activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anthony founded the National Women's Suffrage Association in 1869 after being denied the chance to speak at a convention because she was a woman.
"No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent."
Chanel was the Parisian Fashion Designer behind the little black dress and trademark suits. With her key eye for style she transformed women's fashion from restrictive corsets to comfortable garments by borrowing elements of mens clothing to revolutionise the way women dressed. She made it popular for women to wear suits and converted a color once associated with mourning into a chic fashion staple now found in women's wardrobes worldwide.
"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."
Diana, Princess of Wales
19 year old Diana Spencer married Prince Charles, the future king of England in 1981.15 years later they divorced after perhaps one of the most scandalous times in British history. Diana however, powered through and although the monarchy turned their back on the beloved Princess the people did not. Remembered as the "People's Princess" because of her popularity among the people and her humanitarian work that included a Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign to ban land mines. Diana's efforts to modify the Royal Family into the 21st century are evident today in the lives of her two sons, Prince William and Harry.
"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."
In a matter of 5 years J.K.Rowling - the creator and writer of the Harry Potter series - went from living on government welfare to becoming the worlds first billionaire author. Although Rowling gave much of her fortune away to charity her books have gone on to sell over 500million copies worldwide, won numerous awards and have been the basis of a successful film franchise that Rowling also produced.
"It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Ruth Bader Ginsberg is the only woman currently serving on the US Supreme Court, meaning that she influences the laws of the United States. During her time at Harvard Law School she was one of only few women in her class. In 1972, Ginsburg co-founded the Women's Rights Project and in 1974 Ginsberg presented 6 gender discrimination cases to the Supreme Court of which she won 5. Nicknamed "The Notorious R.B.G", Ginsberg is referred to as a pop culture icon who has been portrayed in Saturday Night Live, and various Hollywood films. Most recently filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen created a documentary about Ginsburg, titled RBG, for CNN Films, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."
No one ever said being a woman was easy but it is certainly something to be proud of. Who are your female heroes? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the women that inspire you!
In the mean time, lets keep making history...
Love you to the beach and back again,
The Sandy Swim Team. xx