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Happy Women’s History Month!

March is a month to celebrate the incredible and often hidden contributions women make to change our universe. Women are powerful, adept, brilliant and compassionate. Women have made contributions that have changed the way we live. Women throughout history have changed its course, and it’s likely you haven’t heard of many of them.

Agent 355 was one of George Washington’s most trusted spies. Madam C.J. Walker built a business selling hair care products and became the first American self-made millionaire.  Imelme Umana recently became the first black woman elected president of the Harvard Law Review. Marie Curie changed the world with her research of radium. Commander Eileen Collins was the first female space shuttle pilot and mission commander. Hedy Lamarr, beyond being an incredible and beautiful actress, was a brilliant mathematician. Marsha P. Johnson participated in the Stonewall Riots and worked to house and feed young, homeless LGBT youth in 1980s New York City. Malala Yousafzai stood up to oppression to pursue her education and became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Katherine Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston marathon despite physical attacks during the race by the organizer. Aung San Suu Kyi was confined under house arrest for 15 years as a result of her campaign for democracy in Burma.

Without women like Fatima al-Fihri, we would not have universities. Without women like Stephanie Kwolek, we would not have Kevlar®. Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper gave us computer programming, while Tabitha Babbitt helped invent the circular saw. Mary Anderson invented windshield wipers and Yvonne Brill developed propulsion.

But every year we lose some of these possibilities. Approximately 1,000 women per year are killed by an intimate partner. Since 2002, that equals 15,000 women, more than all the Americans who died during the 9/11 attack and in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that followed combined. This isn’t an insignificant problem or a “women’s issue.” That is 15,000 chances we have lost to see the accomplishments of the next Ada Lovelace, the next Madam C.J. Walker, the next Eileen Collins. That is 15,000 Malalas, Eileen Collinses or Marie Curies. Domestic violence is not just a community health issue, it is not just a women’s issue and it is not just a human rights issue. It is all of those things — AND, maybe more urgently — it denies the world, and people everywhere, the lifesaving and life-changing work of the next great woman in history.

If you would like to learn more about the women mentioned here and other great women of history, check out the links below. And if you would like to help preserve the generations of women that haven’t had a chance to change the world yet, please reach out and let us know. We have so many ways for you to engage in and preserve our future. Most importantly, if you are in danger, or think you might be, or just need to talk, PLEASE reach out. You are worthy of help. You are beautiful just as you are. You are loved. And you are NOT alone.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, here are some ways to reach out

Hope House 24-hour Hotline:
816-461-HOPE (4673)
TTY (English): 800-735-2966
TTY (Español/Spanish): 800-520-7309

KC Metro Domestic Abuse Hotline:
816-HOTLINE (468-5463)                                                                                        

If you would like to help, contact us at our website or call our administration line: 816-461-4188

www.hopehouse.net

If you are interested in finding out more about the women above and other awesome women throughout history, here are a few resources you can check out:

Sally Ride by Lynn Sherr

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli