Each March, we take the time to highlight the contributions of women throughout history. Whether they are activists, artists, scientists, sports stars, entrepreneurs or educators, National Women’s History Month champions their accomplishments and encourages us all to make sure women are remembered and upheld where they were previously overlooked.
This March, let’s honor some senior women in our history. These women accomplished incredible things, and were recognized for their contributions to society—and they were all at least 60 years old when they started.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the celebrated Little House series of books, didn’t publish her first story, Little House in the Big Woods until she was 64. She went on to become a beloved childrens’ author, and won multiple Newbury medals. Her stories are still cherished by readers around the world.
Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, better known to the world as Grandma Moses, didn’t begin to paint her beloved folk images until the age of 76. LIFE magazine put her on the cover for her 100th birthday, and exhibitions of her American folk art were so popular that they broke attendance records all over the world. Today, she is known as one of America’s most famous female painters, and her work is studied and celebrated as an excellent example of native folk art.
Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, a prominent Irish-American labor and community organizer, co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World. At 60 years of age, she adopted the moniker Mother Jones, and was soon known as “the most dangerous woman in America” for her success in organizing mine workers in their fight for better working conditions. Today, she is still upheld as an icon of union support, and the IWW is still an active, international union.
Take the time this month to celebrate the women in your life. Discuss the women who have inspired you, from historical figures to family members. For more on the National Women’s History Month, visit http://nwhp.org.