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50 Years From Now, Here Are the Trailblazing Women We’ll Be Celebrating as Pioneers

“It’s crucial to pay our respects to the women who came before us, and to acknowledge the many obstacles intrepid individuals surmounted in their fight for equality. This month — Women’s History Month — is devoted to doing just that.

Every March, we’re often reminded of the efforts of suffragettes like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, social justice warriors like Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks as well as trailblazers like Amelia Earhart and Billie Jean King.

But it’s also vital to acknowledge and celebrate the work women are doing right now. Here are seven women who refuse to complacently accept ongoing sexism and are fighting for justice every day — and who we should certainly be celebrating in Women’s History Months to come.

See the list here

Tawakkol Karman (b. 1979) is a human rights activist from Yemen, and one of the recipients of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Nicknamed “Mother of the Revolution” in her home country, she is regarded as the face of the 2011 Yemeni uprising, and played an important part in the Arab Spring protests.

In 2005 she co-founded the organization “Women Journalists Without Chains” in order to promote human rights and freedom of expression. She has advocated for the banning of child marriage and for more female freedom, making a point of replacing the niqab she was wearing with a colourful hijab in public.

The fact that we, two women from Liberia, are here today to share a stage with a sister from Yemen speaks to the universality of our struggle.
—  Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on accepting the Nobel Peace Prize along with Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni journalist Tawakkol Karman
Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman was born on February 7, 1979 in Taiz, Yemen. In 2011, she won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to secure both the safety of women and their involvement in the peace-building process. She was the first Yemeni to receive this honor. Karman founded Women Journalists Without Chains, and also led protests in Sanaa during Yemen’s 2011 Arab Spring.

Happy birthday, Tawakkol Karman!

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