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Women of Color Day - March 1
March is Women's Month in U.S. History. March 8 marks International Women's Day and March 1 celebrates Women of Color Day designed to mark the achievements of non - white women and their contribution to the world in every way possible: in science, history, warfare, work and more. Women are never inferior: they struggle, demonstrate, run around, do not give up and break through in many different areas.
In honor of Women of Color Day, here are some stories about women who broke through in history, even though their starting point was lower both because they were women and because of their skin color:
Mae Carol Jemison, born October 17, 1956, is the first African-American woman to fly in space. Jamison is an astronaut, engineer and physician born in Alabama, USA.
Varis Diri was born in 1965 in Somalia in a nomadic tribe. At age 5, she underwent a female circumcision process. At age 13, she ran away from her family who wanted her to marry an older man. She came to Mogadishu and from there managed to get to London where she worked as a maid for her aunt who was the wife of the Somali ambassador. After her aunt's family returned to Somalia she stayed in London and worked as a cleaner at a McDonald's branch. One day fashion photographer Terence Donovan saw her while she was working and offered her a job modeling. Her modeling career flourished and she became an international model. In 1997, she told Marie Claire fashion magazine in an interview about the female word she went through when she was a child. The interview became famous and shocked the world. Following this she became the UN Ambassador on the issue of the struggle against female circumcision.
Benazir Bhutto was born in Pakistan on June 21, 1953. She served twice as Prime Minister of the country: from 1993 to 1996, and from 1988 to 1990. Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to be prime minister of Pakistan or any Muslim country. In the early 1990s the Bhutto government disbanded following allegations of government corruption. In 1993 she was re-elected prime minister until she was again ousted and went into political exile. She lives in Dubai and London, where she continued to lead her party, the Pakistan People's Party. In December 2007, she returned to Pakistan, where she was killed in a suicide bombing that ended at a rally in support of her in the city of Rawalpindi.
Misty Copeland was born on September 10, 1982, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA to a family of African-American descent. Her parents divorced when she was two years old and she moved with her mother and five brothers to various neighborhoods in Los Angeles, California. She was admitted to the American Ballet Theater in 2000 and was promoted to the rank of solo dancer in August 2007. Misty Copeland is the first prima ballerina of African American descent in the American Ballet Theater in this role.
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