International Women’s Day: Celebrating Achievements

March 8 is a day to celebrate the achievements of women around the world. It is a day to recognize their socioeconomic, cultural, and political achievements and celebrate the advancements in women’s rights and gender equality issues.

The number of women trailblazers is numerous, so this article will focus on high-achieving female entrepreneurs and famous female educators. Women entrepreneurs and educators paved the way for women today who have jobs or businesses in academic education, education consulting and freelancing, and workplace education.

Successful Women Entrepreneurs

This article highlights the achievements of entrepreneurs such as

  • Real Estate
    • Zhang Xin
  • Biotechnology
    • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
  • Workforce Management
    • Janice Bryant Howroyd
  • Entertainment and Media
    • Oprah Winfrey
    • Beyoncé
    • Arianna Huffington
  • Fashion and Beauty
    • Tory Burch
    • Sara Blakely
    • Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields
    • Rihanna

How many of these women do you recognize? Do you know a rock star female entrepreneur who should be added to this list?

Successful Women Educators

This article highlights the achievements of educators such as

  • Schools and curriculum
    • Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori – known for the Montessori philosophy of education. 
    • Mary Jane McLeod Bethune – started a private school for African-American students in Florida.
    • Buffy Sainte-Marie – founded the Cradleboard Teaching Project, an educational curriculum devoted to better understanding Native Americans.
    • Silma Ihram – pioneer of Muslim, founder and former school Principal of the ‘Noor Al Houda Islamic College’ in Sydney.
    • Septima Poinsette Clark – developed the literacy and citizenship workshops.
  • Professors, teachers, and consultants
    • Roberta Bondar, a female astronaut and the first neurologist in space, was a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific, and medical communities.
    • Elizabeth Ellery Bailey professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
    • Jesmyn Ward, associate professor of English at Tulane University, assistant professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama.
    • Susan Hockfield sixteenth president (and first woman to serve as president) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor of Neuroscience in MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
    • Cathleen Synge Morawetz, mathematician and professor emerita.
    • Patricia Hampl lecturer, and educator who teaches in the MFA program.

How many of these women do you recognize? Do you know a rock star female educator who should be added to this list?

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