Feminists You Might Not Know, but Definitely Should!

Written by: Ly Phan

In the 20th century, there are Margaret Atwood and Susan B. Anthony. In the 21st century, there are Beyonce, Oprah and Sheryl Sandberg. These women are “the face” of “feminism” movement. They are the one everyone thinks of when hearing the word “feminist”.  However, there are plenty of other amazing women who helped shaping this movement. Let’s take a look at a few of them and their stories.

Victoria Woodhull


While Hillary was running for this year election, a lot of us thought that we were going to have a first female president. But, did you know, she was not the first one to run for this position? Victoria Woodhull was. She was the first woman to be nominated and run for the President of the United States in 1872. This is especially impressive given the fact that 1872 is more than 40 years before when the 19th Amendment that gave women the rights to vote was passed.

Her life story is not being forgotten. A movie about Woodhull is being produced by Amazon Studio starring Oscar winning actress – Brie Larson.

Valentina Tereshkova

When speaking of famous astronauts, everyone will think of Neil Armstrong and his achievement of being the first man landed on the moon. However, today, let’s learn more about Valentina Tereshkova. She was born in 1937. At the age 26, she was chosen to pilot the Vostok 6 which made her the first woman ever to fly in space! Her flight lasted for more than 70 hours. After her mission, she received the title Hero of the Soviet Union. Additionally, she also received the United Nations Gold Medal of Peace by being a spokesperson of the Soviet Union.

Margaret Hamilton

Previously, we mentioned Neil Armstrong as the first man to walk on the moon. However, a woman actually enabled that to happen! That woman is Margaret Hamilton. This picture shows her standing next to a stack of code that she had written for the Apollo 11. Specifically, the code that she wrote was for the Apollo Guidance Computer, the software that made it possible for the mission to land on the moon. Recently, Hamilton received the Presidential Medal of Freedom alongside other famous honorees such as Bill and Melinda Gates and Bruce Springsteen.

Dorothy Height 78736411-032312-national-dorothy-height-history

Dorothy Height had one career for 80 years fighting for racial and gender equality. She was the leader of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. During this time, she fought for different social issues such as voting rights, poverty and AIDS. She was the only woman in the civil rights movement’s inner circle. Even though she is lesser known compare to her male peers, she is without a doubt one of the most influential civil rights leaders of her time. Although she passed away, Height will forever be remembered as an unsung heroine of the movement.