By Alex Billington
“Susan B. Anthony [is my favorite woman in history] because she stood up for women’s rights and fought [for them] until she died. She joined the women’s rights movement, and dedicated her life to it. She fought for womento own their own property, and retain their earnings,” said Sana Zara. a sophomore Economics major.
“Claudette Colvin is my favorite woman. She is a pioneer to the Civil Rights Movement, and was the first African-American to be arrested for resisting bus segregation, just nine months [prior to] Rosa Parks. At the age of 17,[Claudette Colvin] was also an unwed, and pregnant African-American girl, who the NAACP felt would not be the best candidate for their movement’s efforts due to social norms at the time. I think [Claudette Colvin is] one of the most important women in history because it is strength and courage like hers, which [helped] support constitutional rights for all African-Americans,” said Cecilia Eroclino, senior Art Therapy Major.
“Anne Frank is my favorite woman. Her diary, which is translated in over 70 languages, gives such a pure, humane and unbiased story of what life hiding from the Nazis was like. She was [not] only an innocent young girl livingthrough a horrific time, but she always stayed optimistic, which becomes evident in one of my favorite quotes of hers: “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart,” said Natasha Khajooei, a senior Public Relations major.
“Sabiha Gökçen, who became the first Turkish female combat pilot at the age of 23, [is my favorite woman]. She’smy favorite because she is one of the examples that obliterate any bias of gender inequality that suggests men are more likely to be [a more effective pilot]. She simply has shown the world that women are as capable as men are of being strong,” said Betul Uyguc, a senior Psychology major.
“I love and admire every woman who is alive today, and who was present throughout history. Everyone has, or had stories, and went through tough times in their lives. It is tough to be a woman. I am not saying that being [a] man is easy, but as a woman, I know that even though it has gotten a lot better recently [in terms of equality], it is still tough to be a woman,” said Lu Zhao, a graduate Counseling major.