International Women's Day,
which reminds us that we are in a continuous struggle for gender equality, in which luckily more and more people of different genders are joining this cause. GSD International School Costa Rica
is aware of this issue and proof of this is the several activities that have been carried out throughout this day.
Students were immerse into discussions about the meaning of International Women's Day and about Costa Rican and women around the world who have made history until today. At GSD ISCR, we not only seek that our students improve their academic performance but their personal integration as future active citizens that they will play in society.
Also, GSD International School Costa Rica wants to make a special recognition to those women from both Costa Rica and Spain who had influenced the course of history in both countries. Angela Acuña, from the Colegio de las Señoritas, one of the founders of the Feminist League in 1923, which promoted women's suffrage and social justice, among other political initiatives. María Isabel Carvajal, Emilia Prieto, Luisa González, and all those led by Doña Emma Gamboa, Ana Teresa Obregón, Ana Rosa Chacón who participated in the events immediately before and after the Civil War of 1948. As well as contemporary feminists such as Macarena Bonahona, Ana Helena Chacón, or Graciela Di Marco.
Other distinguished women:
- Olympe de Gouges (1748-1793). French writer and political philosopher, was the first enlightened woman to raise her voice. In 1791 she published the Declaration of the Rights of Women and Citizens, an article in which she demanded that women should have the same civil rights as men.
- Marie Curie (1867 - 1934). Physicist and chemist, naturalized French. Pioneer in the field of radioactivity, she is the first and only person to receive two Nobel Prizes in different scientific specialties: Physics and Chemistry.
- Clara Campoamor (1888-1972). Lawyer, writer and politician, considered one of the "mothers" of Spanish feminism, she defended equal rights for women, women's suffrage, and promoted the first divorce law.
- Virginia Woolf (1882-1941). British writer, author of novels, short stories, plays and other literary works; considered one of the most outstanding figures of the Anglo-Saxon avant-garde modernism of the 20th century and of international feminism.
- Clara Zetkin (1857 - 1933). German journalist and speaker who fought for women's rights; she founded the magazine La Igualdad, which served as one of the most important channels of expression in favor of women at the time. She was the driving force behind the celebration of March 8 as Working Women's Day, recognized by the United Nations in 1975.
- Amelia Mary Earhart (1931-1939). American aviation pioneer and writer. Earhart was the first woman aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, in addition to setting many other records. She also promoted commercial travel and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for women pilots.
- Frida Kahlo (1907- 1954). Mexican painter, considered one of the main representatives of 20th century art. She stood out for her originality, her use of symbolic elements and her observance of popular Mexican aesthetics. Through her works she spoke openly about sexuality, abortion, breastfeeding and motherhood.
- Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986). Philosopher, politician, novelist, journalist, among many other facets. Her figure was decisive for the modern feminine. Her unique vision of Western society, in which after the suffragette movement and the right to vote for women, women had been confined to the home, has been incorporated into European equality policies and has given rise to feminist and gender studies at leading universities.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933 - 2020). Pioneer in the defense of women's rights. In 1993, she became the second woman in history to become a judge of the Supreme Court of the United States, a position in which she managed to defend, against all and against all, and advocating for gender equality, social rights and the right to abortion.
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