5 Women in History we Strive to be Like

March is Women’s History Month and here at The Specific we wanted to use the opportunity to look back on some famous women from history to see what we can learn from them. Sure these women lived in different times and cultures than our own, but the traits and lessons they have for us are timeless.  

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)  

 Perhaps most famous for her disappearance, Amelia Earhart’s life has a lot ot teach us. As just the 16th woman in the US to be issued a pilot’s license, she became an activist for women in aviation, becoming president of an International women’s aviation organization called The Ninety-Nines.

We strive to emulate Amelia’s tenacity. She found her passion and shared it with others. She was brave in the face of danger and stood up for herself in a male-dominated field.

Sojourner Truth (1797-1893)

African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth stood up for what she believed in. One thing she is well known for is her famous Ain’t I A Woman? speech was given at the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention. She spoke against the notion that women were weaker and more delicate by highlighting her the struggles she had overcome.   

We strive to embody Sojourner’s message that women are strong, powerful, and capable of changing the world.

Coco Chanel (1883-1971)

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. In addition to creating a brand with some serious staying power, she revolutionized women’s clothing by transitioning fashion away from restrictive corsets and toward and more relaxed and casual look. (Thanks, Coco!) She’s helped countless women find their own effortless elegance. Our favorite Coco Chanel quote is “a girl should be two things, who and what she wants.” We strive to embody Coco’s fabulosity and drive.  

Joan of Arc  (1412–1431)

By far the youngest on our list of influential women is none other than Joan of Arc. At just 17 years of age Joan rose against the military state of her day and called for revolution. She believed she was given a divine purpose and she stood by that, even though it led to her death at the stake at 19 years old. She knew what she stood for and was not easily swayed. We strive to honor Joan’s willingness to stand up for a cause she believed in. She was devoted to her path and trusted the journey before her.  

Madam C. J. Walker (1867 – 1919)

Madam C.J. Walker was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social activist who became the first female self-made millionaire. She created a scalp treatment and line of hair care products so successful that there was a team of over 40,000 saleswomen selling it. We strive to emulate Madam Walker’s drive for success and to share her dream. She suffered from hair loss and created products to help other women in similar situations. She went after what she wanted, remained true to her path, and experienced tremendous success.  

There are countless stories of amazing women in history and these are just a few. We challenge you to pick a few of these traits (maybe Joan’s devotion, Sojourner’s strength, or Amelia’s tenacity) and find ways to incorporate them into your life this month.