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Mindful Movement Monday

Hey family welcome to the start of a new week, full of fresh opportunities, and plenty of life to be lived. I’m excited for our last segment of Mindful Movement Monday for Women’s History Month. This Monday we will look at the inspiring women who’ve had a tremendous impact on the feminist movement. So, without further ado…

The Leading Ladies

The Suffragettes

Last week we talked about the Women’s Suffrage movement and how it ultimately led to rights of women to vote. The leaders in the movement were Mary Wollstonecraft, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Stone Blackwell, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Emmeline Pankhurst, and Sojourner Truth.

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone was an outspoken political activists, and social theorist who wrote The Second Sex which many in the feminist world know paved the way for modern feminism. In the book. de Beauvoir critiques the patriarchy and social constructs faced by women.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Mrs. Roosevelt was the first First Lady to take on responsibilities beyond merely hosting and entertaining in the White House. Prior to becoming the First Lady she was outspoken, involved in women’s rights, and worked with the Women’s Trade Union League and the International Congress of Working Women. After her time as First Lady, she became the first US delegate to the United Nations, as first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights. She also served on JFK’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women to promote equality and advise on women’s issues.

Betty Friedan

An American writer and activist, she is credited for sparking the second wave of feminism with her book The Feminine Mystique in 1963. Friedan helped establish the National Women’s Political Caucus as well as organizing the Women’s Strike for Equality in 1970.

Angela Davis

A trailblazing voice for black women, Davis played a crucial part in the Civil Rights movement. She was a key leader in the Black Power movement, and relentlessly fought to champion the progress of women’s rights for over six decades. She even served as an honorary co-chair for the Women’s March on Washington in 2017.

Bell Hooks

An American author that was known for her activism which was mirrored through her writing of oppression, women’s rights and race. Some of her works were: Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism and The Feminist Therory.

Coretta Scott King

Besides being the wife of MLK and her work with Civil Rights, Mrs. King devoted much of her life to women’s equality. She helped found the NOW (National Organization for Women) in 1966.

Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde channeled her powerful voice through her writing and poetry, exploring female identify and life as a Black lesbian and writing about issues that affected women across the country during the height of the Civil Rights movement. All of her work was based on her “theory of difference”, which today refers to intersectionality.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Before taking on the Supreme Court justice Bader Ginsburg co-founded the Women’s Right’s Law Reporter in 1970, the first US law journal to focus exclusively on women’s rights. Two years later she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), making sure women’s voices were heard. Justice Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and became the second female Supreme Court justice ever. Her legacy lives on.

Alice Walker

A critical voice for black women in the feminism movement, Walker has been instrumental in efforts for women and even more specifically for women of color. She was involved in the Civil Rights Movement alongside Dr. Martin Luther King before joining Gloria Steinem as an editor at Ms. Magazine. Walker’s most famous work, The Color Purple, became vital in telling the story of Black women and was later adapted into both a movie and a Broadway musical.

Malala Yousafzai

A courageous teenager who rose to fame with her memoir, I am Malala, documenting her fearless journey as a young student fighting for access to education in Pakistan. Since, she has been traveling the world and advocating for education rights for women and children through her foundation, The Mala Fund.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ms. Adichie is most known for her “We Should All Be Feminists” Ted Talk that was sampled on Beyonce’s self-titled album in the song Flawless, Adichie has become a vital author in the modern day feminist movement.

Roxane Gay

Author of Bad Feminist and a crucial voice for modern-day women. Her writing tackles issues such as race, gender identity, sexual identity, sexual assault and disability. She is also a professor at Purdue University.

Janet Mock

Mock is a trailblazing voice for transgender women who’s using her journalism career to advocate for trans rights. She has shared the stories of trans women through a variety of mediums including the HBO film and The Trans List, which she produced.

Patrisse Cullors

A co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Cullors has been one of the decades most influential forces in fighting anti-black racism. She began one of the largest civil rights movements since the 1960s and 1970s. An outspoken advocate for the rights of black and queer women, shes since been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize and been named an NAACP History Maker.

Tarana Burke

Ms. Burke is ushering in a new wave of feminism with the #MeToo movement back in 2006. She is an inspiring leader for victims of sexual assault and harassment. She helped open the floodgates for Hollywood’s Time’s Up movement.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Her electoral victory catapulted her to the ranks of other young, female Democrats elected to Congress in 2018. She is confident and fights for what she believes, a great addition to the new “Squad” in Congress.

And honestly there are so many more trailblazers out here advocating and changing narratives. This is just a small sample and keep in mind we didn't even touch on the youth in this list and they are making splashes as well.

Well, folks this is our last Mindful Movement Monday for Women’s History Month. I hope you felt inspired and powerful this month because YOU ARE!! Check out the recommendations below and let’s talk coffee tomorrow….

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