By Neha Rassal
As Donald Trump is moving to destroy the rights of women both in America and abroad, females around the world are coming together to celebrate Women’s History Month.
But what have women achieved in historical terms?
- Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
Fighting against prejudices that riddled the 19th century society, she became the first woman doctor in Britain. She later founded the first teaching hospital in England that accepted female students.
- Marie Curie
Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She conducted ground-breaking research into radioactivity and was given a second Nobel Prize for discovering the elements radium and polonium.
- Jeannette Rankin
Rankin was the first woman elected to the US Congress in 1916. She played an important role in starting the legislation that became the 19th Constitutional Amendment, which granted every American a vote regardless of gender.
- Rosa Parks
Her refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger at the front of the bus where black people were banned from sitting started the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and she became the mother of the Civil Rights movement in America.
- Marie Stopes
In 1921, Stopes founded the first birth control clinic in Britain. She was against abortion and campaigned to raise awareness about pregnancy prevention instead.