“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” ― Maya Angelou
Our #womenwhoinspire series on the Journal is an ever-growing collection of posts about inspirational women whose selfless actions, harrowing stories, and good works have bettered their communities and society as a whole. Expanding on this theme of amazing women, this week we share (just a few) inspirational women who all hail from our home state of Alabama.
Images from top left: “Portrait of Helen Keller”, date unknown from George Grantham Bain collection at the Library of Congress; “Vivian Malone entering Foster Auditorium to register for classes at the University of Alabama”, 1963 by Warren Leffler from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division; “Rear Adm. Fran McKee, the first female line officer in the Navy to be promoted to flag rank (Admiral)”, date unknown via the U.S. Navy; “Georgia Gilmore adjusts her hat for photographers in 1956 during the bus boycott trial of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery, Alabama”, 1956 via NPR; “Portrait of Harper Lee from the first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird “, 1960 by Truman Capote; “Portrait of Mrs. Recy Taylor from The Rape of Recy Taylor“, 1944 from The People’s World/Daily Worker and Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University; ” Sonia Sanchez”, 1998 by Mathew Smith; “Brittany Howard”, 2012 by Fred Rockwood (Public Domain); “Angela Davis”, 1974 by Philippe Halsman (Public Domain); “Claudette Colvin, aged 13”, 1953 (Public Domain); “Ann Lowe with one of her designs”, 1966 from Ebony Magazine; “Mugshot of Jo Ann Robinson in the wake of the Montgomery Bus Boycott”, 1956 from Montgomery County Archives via the National Museum of African American History & Culture; “Official portrait of STS-47 Mission Specialist Mae Jemison”, 1992 from NASA Video and Image Library; “Adell Hall Ward, better known as Vera Hall, American folk singer” date unknown; “Zora Neale Hurston”, 1938 by Carl Van Vechten via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington; “Marie Tharp with one of her maps”, date unknown via the Smithsoian Magazine; “Henrietta Boggs”, 2016 via The New York Times; “Montgomery, Alabama, police photo (mug shot) of Rosa Parks”, 1956 from Alabama Department of Archives and History; “Laverne Cox at protest in downtown L.A.”, 2018 by Luke Harold
Helen Keller: Author, Activist, and Lecturer
Georgia Gilmore: Activist
Angela Davis: Political Activist
Vivian Malone Jones: Activist
Laverne Cox: Actress and LGBTQ+ Activist
Arts + Sciences
Fran McKee: U.S. Navy Admiral
Marie Tharp: Cartographer
Mae Jemison: Astronaut and Engineer
Dolester Miles: Pastry Chef
Brittany Howard: Musician
Ann Lowe: Designer
Harper Lee: Novelist
Zora Neale Hurston: Author, Anthropologist, and Filmmaker
Sonia Sanchez: Poet and Writer
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