With the global pandemic, 2020 proved to be a tough year for everyone — especially girls and women.
But many leaders stepped up to help. As we mark Women’s History Month, here’s a look at some women making a difference around the globe and the ways you can help, too.
Dr. Alaa Murabit; Equity in health care
Dr. Alaa Murabitis a Libyan-Canadian medical doctor, women’s rights advocate and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment and Economic Growth.
The Canadian government named her one of Canada’s 100 most influential women in history. Her TED Talk about her Muslim faith, “What my religion really says about women,” has been viewed more than 5 million times.
And while she holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Al Zawiya University, she says her most important education may be the one she received at “The Murabit School of International Affairs,” otherwise known as her family home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice; Gender equality
Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice is president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine and the first woman at its helm.
She entered medicine because she wanted to use her love for math and science to impact people. Becoming a doctor, she says, “seemed like an obvious choice.”
Armed with a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, Montgomery Rice had a successful career as a fertility specialist and researcher before moving into medical leadership.
Gloria Aguilera Terry; Ending gender violence
Gloria Aguilera Terrycalls domestic violence “the scourge in our society” and the common thread in homelessness, mental health and maternal mortality.
Terry is the CEO of the Texas Council on Family Violence and is the board chair of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Terry was the chief financial officer at the El Paso Chamber of Commerce when she took a tour of a homeless shelter, an experience that would change the trajectory of her life. After seeing entire families trying to live out of cardboard boxes, she concluded that she hadn’t done anything “particularly meaningful” with her own life.
“I felt I could leverage my expertise in more impactful ways. I also felt compelled to be the voice for women who couldn’t use theirs.”