Happy International Women's Day!

International Women's Day


Today, March 8th, marks International Women's Day. Don't forget to give the closest women in your life a hug, and tell them how much of an influence they've had on your life. 

Whether it be medicine, media, or politics, many women have had a huge influence over the outcomes in our society. Let's take a look at 3 Influential Women who you may not know about!


Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) was an English Chemist whose work helped pave the discovery of the DNA double helix. Following her contributions to the discovery of the double helix, Franklin was the root of some controversy: one of the scientists credited with the discovery of the structure of DNA did little to acknowledge Franklin's contributions. Sadly, she was never nominated for a Nobel Prize, despite the discovery of the DNA double helix leading to nominations for those who did benefit from her work: Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins.


Mugai Nyodai

Calligraphy by Mugai Nyodai

Mugai Nyodai (1223-1298) was the first Zen abbess, and first woman Zen Master in the world. She studied under Rinzai (one of the three sects of Zen in Japanese Buddhism) master Mugaku Sōgen, who then dubbed her Mu - or 'nothingness'. Upon his death, she became his successor. Although many monks protested, Nyodai founded and became abbess to Keiaiji Temple and several other subtemples in Japan. 



Bella Abzug

Bella Abzug (1920-1998) was an American lawyer and activist, also known as "Battling Bella". Along with a few other feminists of the time, she founded the National Women's Political Caucus. Throughout her life, she fought for the equality of women and men in the United States; including within her own religion. She was told that as she was female, she was not allowed to recite the prayer upon her father's death - instead, she went to synagogue every day and recited the prayer in protest. She is well known for coining the slogan, "This woman's place is in the House - The House of Representatives."



Naturally, this doesn't even scratch the surface when it comes to women who have influenced us all culturally and societally. Take a moment today to reflect upon all of the women who have been there for you, supported you, or provided you with other influence throughout your life - even if that woman is you! 


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