As the world faces a challenging time in this month of March, let us take a look back at some of the most influential women born in this month who found strength and rose up to the occasion to fight for a change in the world at the time, despite their own challenges.
To start, Margaret Elizabeth Tucker, better known as ‘Auntie Marge,’ faced the struggle of minorities in Australian head-on, through the use of her writing and voice. Being an indigenous Australian herself, Tucker connected to the oppressed masses in the country during the heart of the problem in the 20th century. Born to an indigenous mother and half-white father, Margaret garnered attention from coloured and white folks alike as she stood up in the face of any injustices. Her joining of an aboriginal activism organization, the Victorian Aborigines League, gave Tucker the power to fight for issues she felt needed urgent action, such as voting rights and equal treatment of aboriginals.
Similarly to Margaret Elizabeth Tucker, Dorothy Heights, an African American activist, and organiser, never lost the inner spark that fueled her to fight for others throughout her whole life. From the start, Heights caught on to the injustice that plagued the United States during the late 20th century as she joined anti-lynching campaigns in her community. She moved on to make a strong presence in the civil right movement, deemed the “Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement” by Barack Obama.
Joining these influential women, Olive Schreiner, a South African writer & anti-war campaigner, caused waves of change in the Victorian Era for women in the scientific and cultural scope. Schreiner was a feminist and supporter of universal suffrage who used her writings to show her disapproval of War of the Boers. The connecting string between her most controversial works, “The Story of an African Farm” (1833) and “Woman and Labour” (1911), in addition to her voicing that women could do what they set out to, was the unexpected nature of these novels. Because they were so ahead of their time, Schreiner’s novels received backlash from traditionalists and attention from feminists, which hand in hand worked to cement her works as iconic feminist novels.