The best works of art inspire conversation and change. They challenge our intellect and force us to see things in new lights. Ava DuVernay‘s latest film, Selma, has done all of the above as people–young and old—are talking about the Civil Rights Movement and the larger subject of humanity.
The $11.2 million box office hit highlights the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and chronicles his 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights. Our appreciation for Dr. King is deepened through this film and we are reminded of his leadership and sacrifice. But as we speak about Selma and the movement of Dr. King, we are also compelled to explore another less discussed matter: women, living and remembered, whose works of greater good left imprints on our society.
Whether they served as the backbone to the world’s greatest men, or initiated causes of their own, these eight women activists have each took on instrumental roles to better the lives of us all.
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