Did you know March 8 is International Women’s Day? A hi-light of just a few accomplished women who also happen to have a disability:
Frida Kahlo – artist – diagnosis of polio
Sudha Chandran – dancer and TV actress in India – diagnosis of amputee
Ever Lee Hairston – activist & VP of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey – diagnosis of blindness
Audre Lord – Poet & Activist – diagnosis of legally blind
Judi Chamberlin – Activist and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the President of the United States – Diagnosis of depression.
Wilma Mankiller – Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation – diagnosis of muscular dystrophy
Harilyn Rousso – Activist, Author, and Psychotherapist – diagnosis of cerebral palsy
Judy Heumann – Assistant Secretary of Education, co-founder of the Disabled in Action and World Institute on Disability – diagnosis of polio
Jean Driscoll – Athlete & professional speaker – diagnosis of spina bifida
Ann Bancroft – Explorer, lecturer, educator, 1st woman to reach the North Pole, honorary member of National Women’s Hall of Fame – diagnosis of learning disability
Barbara Jordan – 1st black woman to work in the Texas Senate and assigned to house judiciary committee – diagnosis of multiple sclerosis
Please take a moment to celebrate the important and accomplished women in your life.