When anyone and everyone can tell their story online, which ones will pave the way for the next generation? The best part is that this is in all of our hands. What we share as digital citizens has the potential to create a ripple effect—who knows who your content will reach or how it will inspire. So in honor of Women’s History Month, share your own favorite quote from a trailblazing woman, shine a spotlight on little-known moments in history, or honor a woman striving today. It takes each of us to write the next chapter and cast our own #diversevoices into the chorus. Here are ten templates to get you started.
Did you know that journalist Nellie Bly set a record for circumnavigating the world 72 days in 1890? Or that when Paul Revere was making his midnight ride, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington was riding her horse twice as far to also warn of a British invasion? What’s your favorite little-known slice of history?
Though she’s best known for being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, that wasn’t the only way Amelia Earhart was a pioneer. She was instrumental in founding the group The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots, wrote prolifically about flying, and was an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Oprah’s rise to the most influential woman on the planet began at an early age. She made history at just 19 as anchor for the news at Nashville’s WTVF-TV, making her the youngest person and the first African-American woman to hold the position.
Shirley Chisholm, first African American woman elected to United States Congress, certainly followed her own advice as a trailblazer in a field still dominated by white males. In 1972, she was the first black Presidential candidate for a major party and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
Best known for the Harry Potter series, the world’s best-selling book series, Joanne Rowling’s books have won multiple awards and sold more than 400 million copies. She reportedly wrote first drafts of Harry Potter while practically penniless on napkins in cafes. Her publishers encouraged her to publish the book under the pen name J.K. Rowling because they were unconvinced that young boys would read a book by a woman. This was in the late 1990s.