International Women’s Day: Inspiring Women Index

On 8 March 2014 (International Women’s Day), I made a bunch of mini-bios of some of the women I find inspiring, I’ve been building on it since, and they are collected here together.

I want to stress that this is just a fraction of the women I find inspiring. There are so many inspiring women, and we remember and celebrate so few of them. Those women I did celebrate should not be seen as more ‘worthy’, in some objective sense, than those that I did not have time to. Nor are they presented in any order of worthiness. I’m not even sure how one would go about creating such an order. It seems antithetical to the spirit of sisterhood to which I wanted to contribute.

These inspiring women (and many more) deserve your time an attention:

Hatshepsut – Pharaoh of Egypt

Aemelia Lanyer – First woman to be published as a poet in the English language

Malala Yousafzai – Activist for the education of women

Le Chevalier d’Eon – Spy, diplomat, and trans woman

Geena Davis – Actor, sports woman, and activist for gender equality in the media

Mary Bowser – one of the most successful spies of the American Civil War

Nichelle Nichols – actor and NASA recruiter, inspiration to a generation