Women’s History Month 2021
Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.
This year, we are celebrating Black women who have been working to make America better for women. Periodically we will be publishing a coloring page of one of our favorite feminists of color along with a brief description of each’s accomplishments.
- Mary McLeod Bethune
For Black women, getting to vote often didn’t mean being able to cast a ballot. But Mary McLeod Bethune, a well-known activist and educator, was determined that she and other women would exercise their rights. Bethune raised money to pay the poll tax in Daytona, Florida (she got enough for 100 voters), and also taught women how to pass their literacy tests. Even facing off with the Ku Klux Klan couldn’t keep Bethune from voting.
Bethune’s activities didn’t stop there: she founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935 to advocate for Black women. And during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, she accepted a position as director for the Division of Negro Affairs in the National Youth Administration. This made her the highest-ranking Black woman in government. Bethune knew she was setting an example, stating, “I visualized dozens of Negro women coming after me, filling positions of high trust and strategic importance.”
2. Tarana Burke
Ushering in a new wave of feminism, Tarana Burke started the #MeToo movement back in 2006, more than a decade before it was heard around the world. An inspiring leader for survivors of sexual assault and harassment, Burke’s work has allowed hundreds of thousands of women across the globe to speak up about their own sexual assault experiences, and helped open the floodgates for Hollywood’s Time’s Up movement. Burke’s “me too” concept created a safe space for women to speak up and fight back against sexual misconduct and marked a new chapter in the future of feminism.