“I think the degree of a nation’s civilization may be measured by the degree of enlightenment of its women.” – Helen Keller, “My Future as I See It,” Metropolitan Magazine, 1904
Throughout history women have been leaders, organizers, and advocates against injustices of many forms; from voting rights to racial and gender equality. As the final post in our series honoring Women’s History Month, we explore some of the most influential female activists in American history.
One of the “most important, yet least-known activists in American history,” Dolores Huerta
Feminist, Gloria Steinem
Dr. Dorothy Height, civil rights leader and former president of the NCNW
“Activist and American Revolutionary,” Grace Lee Boggs
Sarah Deer, advocate for Native American survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence
Black Lives Matter co-founder, Patrisse Cullors
Alice Paul, suffragette
In Alabama: “She’s a special lady, a working-class lady, and a fighter.” – Michelle Obama on equal pay advocate and Jacksonville native, Lilly Ledbetter.