“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.

1. Women In History 

The title of this article comes from a quote from the legendary Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. Kahlo’s name is a name most people recognize. Kahlo was an influential painter,  most recognized and known for her self-portraits, her work is also largely popular due to the often grim meanings and symbolism within the work themselves. One of Frida’s most popular works is titled ‘The Two Fridas.’

This beautiful painting has a haunting meaning, there are two Frida’s sitting hand in hand, the meaning of this chilling painting comes from Kahlo’s own despair and heartbreak as she was going through a divorce with her husband Diego Rivera. The opposing Fridas are also meant to symbolize how Kahlo was of mixed race (European and Mexican).

Another woman to celebrate is the great Josephine Baker, Baker was the most famous dancer and entertainer of her time, in the 2o’s working in Paris, Baker was well-known by every French person living at the time, woman began to emulate Baker’s features, such as her tanned skin. Baker was the first African-American woman to star in a motion picture. She still continues to thrive as being one of the most influential black entertainers of all time. Baker was also a very huge advocate for the NAACP and Civil Rights movement.

Ada Lovelace,  Lovelace is considered to be the founder of computer coding, she was a genius in mathematics she was also very amazing at calculations,  she is known as being a pioneer of computer science, and the computer language ADA was even named after her. What also makes Lovelace so inspirational is that it is believed that she was the founder of computer science and coding itself. Lovelace was believed to even have an IQ as high as 160, which is also around the same as Einstein’s.

2. Women’s History, Current Times

Junko Tabei  is a woman you may not have heard of, her name deserves to be spoken of; have you ever dreamed of climbing Mount Everest? Or have a big goal you just want to achieve so greatly? The feeling of getting something done that you have always dreamt of is undeniably incredible. This is how Tabei felt when she made history as being the first woman to ever climb the top of the great Mount Everest.

Tabei’s main goal was to climb every country’s highest mountain, although she passed away in 2016, Tabei is a woman everyone should remember due to her outstanding courage and bravery. Tabei was quoted saying: “Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top; it is the willpower that is most important.”

Alice Walker, Walker is a writer, poet and activist she is most noted for her work ‘The Color Purple’ the book, adapted into a movie has very grim tones in it, however that is what makes the book so special to many people. The book deals with social equality. Walker fights for social, gender and race equality. She is very influential and her poems are so inspiring to many people around the world. Walker also believes in feminism and thinks each person is capable of the same opportunities. Walker states “As long as the people don’t fear the truth, there is hope. For once they fear it, the one who tells it doesn’t stand a chance.”

3. Women’s History

Despite these accomplishments women have endured so much, the hardships of women have been very undeniable as they still continue to happen, throughout history women have been through so many challenges, however they still remained strong and faced those challenges head-on. Women gained the right to vote in the 1920s. However that did not mean ALL women achieved the right to vote. In 1965 a new law was passed to allow women of color the ability to vote as well.

Women still continue to this day to fight for their rights, feminism is a way for women to stick together and fight for their cause together.  Popular terms like “The future is female” have become more popular more lately, as women in the feminist movement are fighting for equal rights. They continue to make amazing advancements and move forward in fighting for their cause. This women’s history month take it upon yourself to research women who can be a role model to you. Kearsley student Cadence Cosico agrees that women are powerful by stating that “Women are powerful and I think we can agree that women are the future of our generation”