Women We Admire

This project was commissioned to celebrate Women's History Month 2020.
  • (born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; July 6, 1907 –  July 13, 1954) A Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.

    Frida Kahlo (born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; July 6, 1907 –  July 13, 1954) A Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.

  • (born June 25, 1954) An American lawyer and jurist who serves as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Sotomayor was born in The Bronx, New York City, to Puerto Rican-born parents was appointed by President Barack Obama in May 2009 and confirmed that in August. She was the first Hispanic and Latina Justice.

    Sonia Maria Sotomayor (born June 25, 1954) An American lawyer and jurist who serves as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Sotomayor was born in The Bronx, New York City, to Puerto Rican-born parents was appointed by President Barack Obama in May 2009 and confirmed that in August. She was the first Hispanic and Latina Justice.

  • (born December 27,1986) A Jamaican track and field sprinter. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in 2008 when at 21 years old, the relatively unknown athlete became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics. World Athletics calls her “the greatest female sprinter of her generation"

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (born December 27,1986) A Jamaican track and field sprinter. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in 2008 when at 21 years old, the relatively unknown athlete became the first Caribbean woman to win 100 m gold at the Olympics. World Athletics calls her “the greatest female sprinter of her generation"

  • (November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010) Wilma Mankiller worked for several years as a leading advocate for the Cherokee people. Wilma Mankiller ran for deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1983 and won, subsequently serving in that position for two years. Then, in 1985, she was named the tribe's principal chief—making history as the first woman to serve as principal chief of the Cherokee people.

    Wilma Mankiller (November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010) Wilma Mankiller worked for several years as a leading advocate for the Cherokee people. Wilma Mankiller ran for deputy chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1983 and won, subsequently serving in that position for two years. Then, in 1985, she was named the tribe's principal chief—making history as the first woman to serve as principal chief of the Cherokee people.

  • (born September 26, 1981) An American professional tennis player and former world No. 1 in women's single tennis. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any man or woman in the Open Era. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players. Williams has won a record of 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hard court.

    Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) An American professional tennis player and former world No. 1 in women's single tennis. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any man or woman in the Open Era. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. Williams holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players. Williams has won a record of 13 Grand Slam singles titles on hard court.

  • (born February 9, 1944) An American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. Walker became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction novel The Color Purple in 1982. She also wrote the novels Meridian (1976) and The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970). An avowed feminist, Walker coined the term womanist to mean "A black feminist or feminist of color" in 1983.

    Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944) An American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist. Walker became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction novel The Color Purple in 1982. She also wrote the novels Meridian (1976) and The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970). An avowed feminist, Walker coined the term womanist to mean "A black feminist or feminist of color" in 1983.

  • (July 2, 1951 – February 19, 2002) A Latina American gay liberation and transgender rights activist, prominent as an activist and community worker in New York. Rivera, who identified as a drag queen was a pioneering LGBT activist who fought tirelessly for trans rights and is credited as the person to "put the "t" in LGBT activism”.

    Sylvia Ray Rivera (July 2, 1951 – February 19, 2002) A Latina American gay liberation and transgender rights activist, prominent as an activist and community worker in New York. Rivera, who identified as a drag queen was a pioneering LGBT activist who fought tirelessly for trans rights and is credited as the person to "put the "t" in LGBT activism”.

  • (born February 3, 1974) An American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district since 2019. Pressley is a member of the informal group known as "The Squad", whose members form a unified front to push for progressive changes such as the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all.

    Ayanna Soyini Pressley (born February 3, 1974) An American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district since 2019. Pressley is a member of the informal group known as "The Squad", whose members form a unified front to push for progressive changes such as the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all.

  • (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) The first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972).

    Shirley Chisolm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) The first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972).

  • (born 1980) An American political activist. She was co-chair of the 2017 Women's March, the 2017 Day Without a Woman, and the 2019 Women's March. She is also a former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. She was profiled in Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2017.

    Linda Sarsour (born 1980) An American political activist. She was co-chair of the 2017 Women's March, the 2017 Day Without a Woman, and the 2019 Women's March. She is also a former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. She was profiled in Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2017.

  • (born January 17, 1964) An American lawyer, university administrator, and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

    Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) An American lawyer, university administrator, and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

  • (d. after 1803) Catherine Flon is considered a symbol of the Haitian Revolution. She played a major role as a nurse in the Haitian Revolution, but she is mostly known for sewing the first Haitian flag on May 18 stating “Liberté ou la mort” meaning freedom or death.

    Catherine Flon (d. after 1803) Catherine Flon is considered a symbol of the Haitian Revolution. She played a major role as a nurse in the Haitian Revolution, but she is mostly known for sewing the first Haitian flag on May 18 stating “Liberté ou la mort” meaning freedom or death.

  • (born 12 July 1997) A Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.

    Malala Yousafzai (born 12 July 1997) A Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.

  • (born January 29, 1954) An American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire.

    Oprah Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) An American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire.

  • (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) Helen Keller is an American author and educator who was blind and deaf. Keller learned some extraordinary skills that thought her how to live life. She won admission to Radcliffe College in 1900 and graduated cum laude in 1904. She wrote of her life in several books.

    Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) Helen Keller is an American author and educator who was blind and deaf. Keller learned some extraordinary skills that thought her how to live life. She won admission to Radcliffe College in 1900 and graduated cum laude in 1904. She wrote of her life in several books.

  • (June 21, 1953 – December 27, 2007)
Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who became the first woman leader of a Muslim nation in modern history. She was self-imposed and spent several years being exiled in Britain and Dubai.
She still continued to direct her party from abroad. When She returned to Pakistan with plans to
participate in the 2008 general election but was killed during an attack at a PPP rally in late 2007.

    Benazir Bhutto (June 21, 1953 – December 27, 2007) Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who became the first woman leader of a Muslim nation in modern history. She was self-imposed and spent several years being exiled in Britain and Dubai. She still continued to direct her party from abroad. When She returned to Pakistan with plans to participate in the 2008 general election but was killed during an attack at a PPP rally in late 2007.

  • (born March 23, 1953) Chaka Khan is an icon when it comes to music and is known for being the queen of funk and soul, however, Chaka possesses the ability to sing n several other genres including R&B, pop, country rock and roll, gospel, and even classical proving her voices serious range

    Chaka Khan aka Yvette Marie Stevens (born March 23, 1953) Chaka Khan is an icon when it comes to music and is known for being the queen of funk and soul, however, Chaka possesses the ability to sing n several other genres including R&B, pop, country rock and roll, gospel, and even classical proving her voices serious range

  • (Born February 20, 1988) Robyn Fenty better known as Rihanna has made herself into the world’s richest female musician accumulating a $600 million-dollar fortune within these past few years. Rihanna was originally born in Barbados and reached stardom in 2005 after being signed under Jay z’ record label Def Jam records.

    Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty (Born February 20, 1988) Robyn Fenty better known as Rihanna has made herself into the world’s richest female musician accumulating a $600 million-dollar fortune within these past few years. Rihanna was originally born in Barbados and reached stardom in 2005 after being signed under Jay z’ record label Def Jam records.

  • (1817 – 1863) Was regent of the Sikh Empire from 1843 until 1846. She was renowned for her beauty, energy, and strength of purpose and was popularly known as Rani Jindan, but her fame is derived chiefly from the fear she engendered in the British in India, who described her as "the Messalina of the Punjab", a seductress too rebellious to be controlled.

    Maharani Jind Kaur (1817 – 1863) Was regent of the Sikh Empire from 1843 until 1846. She was renowned for her beauty, energy, and strength of purpose and was popularly known as Rani Jindan, but her fame is derived chiefly from the fear she engendered in the British in India, who described her as "the Messalina of the Punjab", a seductress too rebellious to be controlled.

  • (1666-1708) Also known as Mai Bhago, was a Sikh woman who led Sikh soldiers against the Mughals in 1705. She was an exceptionally skilled warrior on the battlefield and is revered as a saint in Sikhism.

    Mata Bhag Kaur (1666-1708) Also known as Mai Bhago, was a Sikh woman who led Sikh soldiers against the Mughals in 1705. She was an exceptionally skilled warrior on the battlefield and is revered as a saint in Sikhism.

  • (born January 26, 1944) An American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author. She is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of over ten books on class, feminism, and the U.S. prison system.

    Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) An American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author. She is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of over ten books on class, feminism, and the U.S. prison system.

  • (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) An African-American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

    Octavia Estelle Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) An African-American science fiction author. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, she became in 1995 the first science-fiction writer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

  • Queen Soraya Tarzi, is an influential woman figure in Afghanistan. Queen Soraya was married to King Amanullah Khan, who was a progressive ruler of Afghanistan from 1919-1929. She was an well educated and ferocious advocate for women’s rights. Her advocacy for women’s rights led to girls access to education. Queen Soraya was able to open the first school for girls, and established the first magazine for women. She changed the vision for women in Afghanistan, inspiring young women till this day.

    Queen Soraya Tarzi Queen Soraya Tarzi, is an influential woman figure in Afghanistan. Queen Soraya was married to King Amanullah Khan, who was a progressive ruler of Afghanistan from 1919-1929. She was an well educated and ferocious advocate for women’s rights. Her advocacy for women’s rights led to girls access to education. Queen Soraya was able to open the first school for girls, and established the first magazine for women. She changed the vision for women in Afghanistan, inspiring young women till this day.

  • Diana, Princess of Wales, was an inspiration. She was the first among the Royals to speak her mind, even breaking the Royal protocols. She raised awareness and advocated to help people with cancer and mental illness. She also worked to gather awareness for human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, it changed people’s perceptions towards human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. She helped the young and homeless. She advocated for awareness of leprosy. She brought awareness to several humanitarian issues.

    Diana Princess of Wales Diana, Princess of Wales, was an inspiration. She was the first among the Royals to speak her mind, even breaking the Royal protocols. She raised awareness and advocated to help people with cancer and mental illness. She also worked to gather awareness for human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, it changed people’s perceptions towards human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. She helped the young and homeless. She advocated for awareness of leprosy. She brought awareness to several humanitarian issues.

Students in the Women's Center were asked to nominate and highlight "Women We Admire". They could be past, present (or future) leaders in our communities that we want to learn from and celebrate.

Women's Center at York College
Women Center
AC-3C01
718 262-2008 (Tel)
718 262-2940 (Fax)
Women's Center Directory
Oct 1

Building Safer Relationships and Community
Virtual/ Online 12:30 PM

Oct 5

CUNY Women Alumni Candidate Forum
Virtual / Online 05:00 PM

HopeLine
Turn your old phone into a HopeLine

YorkSAVES: Stop Domestic Violence
An initiative for students to empower other students to create and maintain healthy relationships, take a stand toward ending sexual assault and domestic violence and to minimize the impact of such events on survivors.