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Musings: Notable Women

Today’s topic is: “March is Women’s History Month. Who is your favorite woman in history?”

There is a long list of women that I admire; some for their courage, some for their intelligence. I admire others for their determination, resilience, strength, gumption, or flat-out bad-ass-ery (that’s a word, right?).

In my formative youth, I had major crushes on Amelia Earhart and Jane Goodall. They taught me that there is no limit to how big you can dream. And that studying science was cool.

As an adult, I admire the live-by-example philosophies of Mother Teresa and Malala. When there is so much negativity in the world, it’s comforting to remember their peaceful, positive messages.

And I love learning about the important contributions of women throughout history. The early scientists whose findings laid the groundwork for modern advances in health care. The suffragettes who fought the status-quo to earn women the right to vote. The civil rights activists who took a stand to make our society more equal. The queens and prime ministers who won the hearts of their people and affected real change in the world.

So as March draws to a close, I thought it would be fun to set up my first online poll. Who’s your favorite heroine in history?

~ Phoebe DeCook

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