Women Leading the Way. Women History Month.
Women’s Month Article
By Gabriella Gomez
The month of March, as we all know, is declared as a national celebration of Women’s History. Across the nation during Women’s History Month, people acknowledge all of the past achievements, significant historic moments, and a vast appreciation for women in general. There’s been a tremendous amount of revolutionary women of our past that stretch from Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who formed the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869, to Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes who founded the first honest women’s magazine (Ms. Magazine) in 1971, all the way entering 2002 when Halle Berry became the first black woman to win an Oscar for Best actress. These are all spearheading moments in history where these women and many more paved their and our way into a society heavily dominated by patriarchy. This month is about highlighting brave and courageous women not only throughout history but in our present-day society. Whether women are entrepreneurs, political figures, or trailblazers in the entertainment industry, these are all women who should be recognized and celebrated. As an afro-Latinx millennial myself, I want to highlight a few women who I believe embody trailblazing characteristics within their field and industry in our present society.
Issa Rae is one woman whose work is revolutionary within the entertainment and media industry today. Issa Rae is an American actress, writer, producer, and director who creates entertainment such as the show Insecure, to reflect the real and regular lives of black people without the Hollywood archetypes and stereotypes that mass media has always illustrated. She is a rising pioneer in the film and entertainment industry as her talent is being recognized as she partners with WarnerMedia in a recent multi-million Film and Television deal. Issa Rae’s productions are filled with humor, raw and relatable content. I admire her work as she depicts the everyday lives of black people made for her friends and family.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is another woman I particularly admire for her fearlessness and courageous personality. She is the youngest woman to serve in the United States Congress and one of the first female members of the Democratic Socialist of America. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now one of the most influential political figures in our society amongst millennials. She speaks unapologetically within congress and through social media as she advocates for a more progressive nation. She is an activist, legislator, and a woman of color whom millennials like myself look up to as we push back on patriarchy and white supremacy.
One more person I would love to highlight is Tiffany Haddish. Tiffany Haddish is an actress, author, and comedian whom this year alone won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album with her Comedy Album, Black Mitzvah. She stars in movies such as Night School, Girls Trip in which are fantastic productions. She also became the first black woman to host the MTV Movie and TV Awards which is monumental. She is an inspiration to all women as she is this generation’s trailblazer for black comedians and actresses within the entertainment industry.
These three women continue to make groundbreaking changes and influences on our society as they share their passions with the world. In doing so, their achievements are History in the making. On that note, Happy Women’s History Month!