Cyrena's 3: Women You Should Know

March 04, 2016

We've asked members of the Simmons community which women in history deserve more attention

It's Women's History Month! Cyrena Musset '16 studies women's and gender studies and English at Simmons. Check out the top 3 women in history she thinks you should know about.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Charlotte Perkins Gillman was a writer, educator and activist. She demanded equal treatment for women as the best means to advance society’s progress. She is best known for publishing the semi-autobiographical, “The Yellow Wall-Paper" in 1982. Gilman was named the 6th most influential woman of the twentieth century in a poll commissioned by the Siena Research Institute. In 1994 she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.  

Margaret Sanger (1879-1966)

Margaret Sanger was an American birth control activist, sex educator, writer and nurse. In 1916 she opened the first birth control clinic and later established the American Birth Control League, a precursor to today's Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Sanger, who had traveled to Europe to study the issue of birth control, organized the first World Population Conference in Geneva in 1927 and was the first president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation founded in 1953. She wrote several books, What Every Mother Should Know, My Fight for Birth Control and Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography.

Corazon Aquino (1933-2009)

Corazon Aquino was the 11th — and first female —  president of the Philippines. During her 6 years as president she became famous for spearheading the People Power Revolution in 1986 and restoring democracy to the Philippines after the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. 

Time Magazine chose Aquino as its Person of the Year in 1986 recognizing her substantial role in history. She was the first woman to be designated Person of the Year since Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. 

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