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  • Student Editor: Kiara Biroo ’21 Office of Intercultural Affairs March Issue Spring 2019

    This Issue

     Page 1: Women’s History Month

     Page 2-4: Women Who Made A Difference

     Page 5-6 : Cultural Page: Remembering the Queens

     Page 7: Other Queens

     Page 7: Upcoming Birthdays in March & April

     Page 8: Food for Thought

    Kiara Biroo ’21

    Student Editor Voices Magazine Public Health & Political Science majors

    Voices Magazine

    Women in the United States fought for equal status with a major effort

    occurring during the anti-slavery movement. During this movement,

    women began to appear as public speakers, which challenged the social

    customs during the 1800’s. The first woman known to speak at a public

    forum was Maria W. Stewart, a woman of African heritage. Her agitation

    urging free black men to stand up for their rights led to the colored men

    conventions. By 1833, middle class women were joining the anti-slavery

    movement with prominent groups being in Massachusetts, New York,

    Pennsylvania and other sites. Stewart was prominent among such groups

    that advocated for the establishment of strong, self-sufficient educational

    and economic institutions within African American communities. In

    particular, she called upon women to participate in all aspects of

    community life. "How long," she asked, "shall the fair daughters of Africa

    be compelled to bury their minds and talents beneath a load of iron pots

    and kettles?"

    Maria W. Stewart

    Born: 1803, Hartford, CT

    Died: December 17,

    1879, Washington, D.C.

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  • homeland, Afghanistan. She was shot by a gunman

    who opposed her views.

    A year after being shot, she published “I am Malala.”

    She received the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17.

    Emmeline Pankhurst was a leading woman of the

    suffrage movement in one of the most effective

    countries of protest during her time. She established

    an important organization, the Women’s Social and

    Political Union (WSPU), which was a leader in the

    usage of the term, Woman Suffrage Movement.

    Mary Wollstonecraft’s book, A Vindication of the

    Rights of Women, was a feminist manifesto

    published in 1792. She believed that the lack of

    women’s education was used as the justification of

    the supposed inferiority of women.

    Women Who Made A


    Dorothy Vaughan was a figurehead for women

    whose accomplishments were not celebrated for the

    level of achievement that was of international

    contribution. She was the head of the National

    Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ (NACA’s)

    segregated West Area Computing Unit from 1949

    until 1958. Her mathematical genius made it

    possible for the devotion to space travel. We

    applaud her for her gift to humanity.


    Malala Yousafzai

    Malala Yousafzai became a voice to young women to

    stand up against terrorist attacks when many were

    afraid to do so. She spread the courage through her

    truth and beliefs that guided her to become an

    activist for girl’s rights to receive education in her

    Dorothy Vaughan

    Emmeline Pankhurst

    Mary Wollstonecraft

  • Lucretia Mott, a Quaker, was perhaps the most

    important leader of women’s suffrage. She combined

    her suffrage advocacy with her strong-willed

    agitation for the ending of slavery. She was the only

    woman allowed to participate in the Pennsylvania

    meeting in 1833 that led to the founding of the

    American Anti-Slavery Society. Years later, Mott

    helped to orchestrate the first women’s rights

    convention at Seneca Falls from which emerged the

    Declaration of Sentiments. She was also among the

    leaders who established Swarthmore College (PA) as

    a coeducational institution.



    Monument to Suffrage Pioneers Lucretia Mott

    and others in the Capitol Rotunda

    Sojourner Truth was one of the leading personalities

    of the anti-slavery movement within the United

    States as well as a leading advocate for the women’s

    suffrage movement. She was born Isabella Baumfree

    in 1797 to enslaved parents in Ulster County, New

    York. She experienced extreme cruelty during her

    enslavement and did not gain her freedom until

    slavery ended in New York in 1827. She gave a

    speech in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Right

    Convention that propelled her to fame. In the speech,

    she used the rhetorical question, “Ain’t I A Woman?”

    She was quite active, similar to Harriet Tubman, in

    the recruitment of soldiers for the Union Army

    during the Civil War. Today she is heralded as one of

    America’s greatest heroines.


    Unveiling of the Sojourner Truth Bust in the Capitol

    Sojourner Truth Lucretia Mott

  • Editor’s Note: As a young woman growing up in

    Saint Lucia, these women below allowed me to feel

    confident to strive for my goals. They encouraged

    me to think beyond the ordinary. They made me

    feel like I can become someone who can influence

    achievement in my country.

    Pearlette Louisy was the first woman to be the

    Governor General of Saint Lucia from September

    1997 to December 2017. She is admired by all

    citizens of Saint Lucia and particularly by young

    women, as an inspiration for the advancement of

    education achievement. Louisy spent most of her

    professional life in the teaching profession,

    particularly from the late 1960s through the

    1980s. She later served as the first Dean of Sir

    Arthur Lewis Community College, then as Vice

    Principal and Principal.

    Sesenne Descarte

    was bestowed with

    “The Honour of the

    Dame Commander

    of the Order of the

    British Empire DBE

    for her contribution

    to Folk culture and

    community service,

    on the occasion of the observance of the 21st

    Anniversary of St. Lucia Independence.

    "We are not just here to recognize her

    melodious voice, her capacity, her love to sing,

    but we are here with her to allow our spirits to

    rise with her, to find expression in all the beauty

    which she has given our life, and our country.

    But there is something that I think we need to

    focus on. Sesenne's contribution is really

    extraordinary because she has helped each and

    every one of us to discover ourselves to hold on

    to what has made us, to reach in the deepest

    recesses our souls," Honorable Dr. Kenny



    Belle Vue crowned it La Jeuness Kweyol and Choiseul

    crowned it Miss La Wenn Kweyol

    Dame Pearlette Louisy

    Sesenne Descarte

    (Queen of Culture)

  • The Cultural Page

    “Queen Aminatu, daughter of Bakwa Turunku, was a great Hausa warrior who inherited her mother’s strong warlike nature. Her mother built the capital of Zazzau, which formed part of the seven original states of Hausaland in the 16th century. Aminatu was just 16 years old when her mother became queen and she was given the traditional title of magajiya. Amina chose to hone her military skills and became one of the greatest warriors of Zazzau. She is credited as the architect of fortified walls in Hausaland, and as a warrior, she is known for her smart tactics as she increased the borders of Zazzau, ensuring that the kingdom became the center of the North-South Saharan trade and East-West Sudan trade. Her career as a warrior prin