Women's History Month


Women's History Month

This month during Women's History, let us take a look into the lives of some women throughout history whose advocacy and activism have made an impact on their communities, on social change, and on the disability rights movement. While the women featured here are far from the comprehensive list of those who have made social change, they are a testament to the power of advocacy and can provide inspiration for future activism.

Click each woman's photo to read about her life and the significance of her activism.


"...blind and seeing - we are all parts of a great whole, and we depend one upon another."

- Helen Keller


"If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."

- Dr. Maya Angelou


"I'm thankful for my disability. I feel like the constraints and the choices that it has given me have made me who I am. And . . . I like who I am."

- Kitty Cone


"Sometimes it takes dealing with a disability…to uncover our true abilities."

- Senator Tammy Duckworth


"Disability doesn't make you exceptional, but questioning what you think you know about it does."

- Stella Young


"Be your authentic self; live in your truth, no matter how messy it is; and refuse to conform to fit in."

- Vilissa Thompson

"When we are all given the same opportunity to succeed in life, we can develop a better future for generations to come."

- Jillian Mercado



Women and Disability Activism Resources


Literature from Historic Women