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March National Women's History Month

by Joy Kikuchi, S&E editor


March is National Women’s History Month, and the National Women’s History Project honors eight women who exemplify, in their lives and work, the 2004 theme: “Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility.”

The year’s honorees are Sarah Buel, Edna Campbell, Jill Ker Conway, Marian Edelman, Maxine Kingston, Dr. Susan Love, Vilma Martinez, and Leslie Silko.

Buel is an attorney who used her experience of an abusive marriage to make herself a driving force for the legal rights of abused women and children. Co-founder and co-director of the National Training Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, she also runs a clinic for battered women.

Campbell is a professional basketball player who survived breast cancer to become national spokesperson for breast cancer awareness and a source of hope for women.

Conway is the first female president of Smith College and found or the Ada Comstock Scholars Program, which allows older women to work towards their college degree at a slower pace.
Edelman, also a lawyer, was the first African-American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar. A children’s rights advocate and civil rights activist, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund.

Kingston is a writer whose Chinese immigrant background inspires her books. She turned tragedy into opportunity when a fire completely destroyed her home and work and became a voice for stories of Vietnam veterans.

Love co-founded the National Breast Cancer Coalition, which works to get funding for breast cancer research. Her best-selling books, Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book and Dr. Susan Love’s Menopause and Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices, have helped educate women and give them hope.

Martinez is a civil rights attorney and community activist who has used the prejudice she experienced to spur herself to become the president of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and Coalition (MALDEF). Under her guidance, MALDEF has become a national institution that increases the opportunities available to all who suffer from racial prejudice.

Silko is an award-winning author who joins two cultures within herself and her work. She has written numerous books that share and strengthen the culture of Native Americans.

Celebrate this month by recognizing the women in your life who have helped or inspired you. Visit to learn more about other inspiring women in history who have helped shape the world we live in.



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