8 Legendary Women

These women have one way or the other played important roles in fighting for better lives for the less fortunate. They have been able to achieve these through various mediums such as poems, books, songs or just being full-fledged activists.

Long before hashtivism or the rise of hashtags such as #girlboss, #bosslady, #Iamwithher, #YesAllWomen, these women used words to highlight the plights of the most at risk members of society.

Some people see “hashtivism” as virtual nonsense. But. the fact is, how we discuss pressing social issues in modern times has evolved.

Gloria Steinem

Whatever you stand for, stand tall✊🏼🌿 & be a Hopeaholic. . . . . We ARE the power to heal ourselves, and we will. #healinginheels #riseup

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Apart from being famous for her inspirational quotes, she is also known as a political activist and feminist organizer since the 60s as well as being a writer.

She’s the author of many books and essays.

One of her bestselling books is called  My Life On The Road.

She is involved in a docu-series called Woman which highlights violence against women.

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Coretta Scott King

She was the wife of late Martin Luther King, until her death in 2006.  

She was also a human rights activist and an author.

Coretta was very instrumental in having a signed legislation passed by the Ronald Reagan administration to have a national day dedicated to the late Martin Luther King.

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Janis Joplin

She was once one of the biggest and first female rock stars (in a male dominated industry) of her generation in the 60s.  

She died at the young age of 27. Her rise to fame was centered around her ability to sing powerful blues and rock inspired vocals.

One of her most memorable songs is called ‘Piece of my heart.’

Janis in a cheerful mood was pictured wearing dark sunglasses.

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Maya Angelou

Happy International Women's Day 🌹

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She was a well loved civil rights activist and an inspiration to many people.

Amongst the many books written by the late Maya Angelou, she was well known for this title ‘I know why a caged bird sing.’

In the book, she narrated her life experiences from childhood to her early adulthood.

In her words, “those experiences in her earlier life are what made her the person she later became in life.”

Apart from being an author, she was also a poet, memoirist, writer, director, producer of plays and civil rights activist.

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Alice Walker

She created literary history as the first African-American woman to win The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Her novel ‘The Color Purple‘’ won a National Award.

It also led Steven Spielberg to use the book for a TV show and New York City’s Broadway Theatre adapting the book for the stage.

In 2001, Walker was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

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Hillary Clinton

Let's do this. #DebateNight

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Hillary made history when she became the first former first lady and woman to run for the office of USA president.

She served as a first lady of America for eleven years and as the 67th Secretary of State for four years and US Senator of New York for eight years.

While serving as a first lady, she authored four books.

One of her books is called ‘It Takes A Village’ (the audio version) won a Grammy in 1996 for Best Spoken Word Album.

The same book also made the Bestsellers list of The New York Times.

Her husband, Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary have an operational foundation called Clinton Foundation.

Some of their works include health and wellness, and participation of girls and women.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Make sure to grab your copy of my book, My Own Words!

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This 84 year old has been serving as the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1993.

At the time of her appointment, she was the only female serving member.

She also co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The main aim of the project is to bring an end to gender discrimination in many areas of the law.

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