“You may not always have a comfortable life. And you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once. But don't ever underestimate the impact you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own."
Former First Lady, Michelle Obama
As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, it is important to reflect on the great work and sacrifices of Black womxn in the advancement of the Black community and all of humanity. From advocates of freedom, like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, to Civil Rights legends, like Fannie Lou Hammer and Diane Nash, womxn have often been given a behind the scenes role while men stood out front as the face of various movements throughout history. But womxn have neither been silent nor in need of representation when fighting for what is just and fair.
Black womxn have survived and thrived despite the racial and gender discrimination they’ve faced. Their voices have made an impact that has transformed the world. From voting rights leaders, like Stacey Abrahams and LaTosha Brown, to social justice fighters, like Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Tarana Burke, womxn are still impacting the very fabric of this nation. In fact, they’ve changed it. Each leaving their mark on the world and opening a door for the sisters coming behind them. But for the roles of womxn like Shirley Chisholm, there would be no Vice President Kamala Harris.
The glass ceiling cracked and doors were kicked down with the heels and boots of Black womxn who raised their voices to make a change. A change that impacted not only this nation but the world. We honor their sacrifices, ingenuity, and strength. We celebrate the Black womxn who continue to follow in the footsteps of those that came before them and create new paths to positively impact the world through the law and beyond it.
Still we rise.
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