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
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 nwhp.org to learn
more about other inspiring women in history who have
the world we live in.