Leadership Lessons from 3 Famous Females
It’s surprising to remember that women have had the legal right to vote in the United States for less than a century. In fact, not until the 19th amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 did women have any legally recognized voice in American society. Despite this, women have had an enormous impact on the direction of the United States, and much can be learned from the female leaders of today and yesterday. The following are a few of the most important and inspiring females of the past few decades, and what we can learn from them.
Lesson #1: Anyone can change the world.
You don't have to be an elected official to be the source of a major social movement. Rosa Parks had more than just her gender working against her when she defiantly sat in the front of the bus during that cold Alabama winter. As an African American Woman, Rosa Parks had to overcome not only the bias against her gender, but she had to defy the racism and racial expectations that were imposed on her by society. Despite these difficulties, Rosa's bravery was a lightning rod for the civil rights movement of the 1950s.
Lesson #2: Define who you are.
Society is constantly trying to impose on us a standardized model for us to follow in our lives, regardless of where we stand on the socioeconomic ladder. Eleanor Roosevelt was the first First Lady who had her own public agenda, and was the first to have her own press conferences. Eleanor taught us that we do not have to be defined by the roles imposed on us, and gave us a very public view of exactly what the role of a woman could be within the family unit. Eleanor's work on human rights still has an affect on the world today.
Lesson #3: Know what you want and don't let anyone stop you.
There will always be people telling you that what you want to achieve is crazy. Once you start to actually achieve your goals, these voices will only get louder. Hillary Clinton is arguably the most successful female US politician in history. In addition to her healthcare agenda as First Lady during her husband Bill Clinton's two terms, Hillary became the Senator of New York, Secretary of State, and is poised to be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. Despite her many naysayers, Hillary has shown Americans, and the world, what is possible when you work hard and ignore everyone who tells you that what you want to accomplish is impossible.