On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a woman of color, was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus. Till this day, she is known for her bravery of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, not only because she stood up for what was right, but also because she helped spark a revolution known as the civil rights movement.
Rosa Parks was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, where she encountered many challenges, due to her skin color. However, she continued to push through with what she had. Lacking an education, encountering numerous inequalities, and dealing with the little she had, Parks was on her way home from work, when all the chaos went down. Passing the white line of demarcation, Parks sat where the “colored” section was on the bus. It wasn’t until their bus driver, who had the ultimate power, asked Parks and few others to give up their seats for the other white passengers, who were standing. As the others got up from her seat, Parks remained put, because she had finally had it with the discrimination of her people. By doing so, Parks was arrested and lead the Montgomery Bus boycott, that led the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Parks arrest and all segregation in public transit systems unconstitutional.
As we look throughout our nation’s history, we have seen many women that have made a difference, like Rosa Parks. For example:
- Queen Liliuokalani was the first female monarch of Hawaii
- Calara Barton the founder of the American Red Cross
- Michele Obama advocating for healthy living
- Anna May Wong representing her country of China being one of the first Chinese-American movie stars
- Amelia Earhart creating a path for women in aviation
- Junko Tabei being the first women to completely climb Mount Everest
- Susan B. Anthony the godmother of social work
- Helen Keller defiling the odds of being deaf and blind
- Elizabeth Eckford attending the first desegregated high school
- Kalpana Chawla representing the first Indian woman in space
And the list goes on…
With numerous examples of women changing history, you can see that being a woman, no matter your background, culture, or ethnicity can make a difference in this world. Whether it’s making someone smile or advocating for social injustice, whatever it may be, you can do anything. Every woman is capable, but it’s every woman’s choice to do the work. When you are ready, the world is waiting to hear your life-changing story.
Have a great holiday season and we can’t wait to hear the impact you make on this world!