#Women's History Month 2024

Categories: Diversity & Inclusion, Women's History Month

There are countless powerful women whose achievements and contributions are worth celebrating for Women's History. It is a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women throughout history. It's an opportunity to recognize the often-overlooked roles women have played in shaping society, culture, politics, science, and every other aspect of human endeavor.

Malala Yousafzai - A Pakistani activist for female education, Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban due to her advocacy for girls' education. She became the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate at age 17. Malala was born in July 1997 in Pakistan. She is most well-known for her activism regarding women’s rights and education. Yousafzai rose to prominence in her early years, participating in a documentary and eventually appearing on TV. She was becoming more recognizable within the community for her outspoken nature and ability to share her thoughts constructively. Unfortunately, due to her recent debut in the spotlight, an attempt on her life was made. However, Yousafzai recovered and continued sharing her story outwardly and with pride. The incident was covered widely and picked up by news stations internationally, granting her an even larger platform to spread her message. In the years following, she pushed for a more well-rounded education system in the Middle East and even opened a school in Lebanon specifically tailored to refugees. In 2013, she founded the Malala Fund — an organization dedicated to giving women 12 years of free and safe education. That same year, her memoir I Am Malala was published. In it, she shares details of her advocacy and the importance of standing by your beliefs. Today, she continues to lead the movement towards safer, high-quality education and the protection of women and their rights by amplifying the voices of those involved in her community and internationally. She is a pioneer for women and children across the globe and is truly the definition of “change can happen at any age.

Pakistani Crowd of Women

Serena Williams - is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, known for her powerful playing style and remarkable achievements on the court. Her tennis career began in the mid-1990s when she and her sister Venus Williams burst onto the professional tennis scene. Serena quickly made a name for herself with her powerful serve, aggressive play, and fierce determination. Serena has won a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and has held the world No. 1 ranking in singles on eight separate occasions. She has also won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles with her sister Venus, and four Olympic gold medals, including one in singles and three in doubles. Throughout her career, Serena has faced numerous challenges, including injuries and setbacks, but she has always bounced back stronger. Off the court, she is known for her activism and advocacy work, particularly for gender and racial equality in sports and beyond. Serena's impact on the world of tennis and beyond is undeniable, and she continues to inspire countless fans around the globe.

Serena Williams

Ada Lovelace - born Augusta Ada Byron in 1815, was the daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron. Her upbringing was unconventional for the time; her mother, Lady Byron, encouraged Ada's interest in mathematics and logic to counter what she saw as the dangerous poetic temperament inherited from her father. Ada's mathematical talents blossomed, and she began corresponding with Charles Babbage, a mathematician, and inventor known for his concept of a mechanical calculating machine, the Analytical Engine. Ada translated an article about the Analytical Engine by Italian engineer Luigi Federico Menabrea and supplemented it with her extensive notes. These notes, which were more extensive than the original article, included an algorithm for the Analytical Engine to compute Bernoulli numbers. This is considered by many as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine, making Ada the world's first computer programmer. Ada's vision extended beyond Babbage's ideas. She foresaw that such machines could do more than just calculations, envisioning that they could manipulate symbols and therefore be used for more general purposes beyond mathematics. Her insights into the potential of computing were not fully appreciated until much later, but she is now recognized as a visionary who anticipated the broader implications and potential of computing technology.

Calculating Ada Lovelace

As Women's History Month begins let us carry forward the spirit of celebration, reflection, and progress. May we continue to honor the contributions, resilience, and achievements of women everywhere, past and present. Let's strive for a future where every woman's voice is heard, her rights are respected, and her potential is limitless. Together, let's build a world that is more inclusive, equitable, and just for all.