March has finally arrived and you know what that means: it’s Women’s History Month. For the next few weeks, we’re going to recognize the women who have come before us, who we get to live and work alongside and the women who will soon be shaping our world. For Women’s History Month 2019, we want to celebrate hidden women, those women from recent history who have innovated, broken through glass ceilings, made our lives better and who did it all without us truly knowing about their work.
In this spirit, we’re looking at women whose stories are so important that they deserve to be made into movies. It’s not unusual for hidden women’s lives to get made into films. Just look at recent releases like Loving, Hidden Figures, The Post or The Favourite, all of which centered around women whose stories were not known to a wider audience or deserved to be explored on a deeper level through the power of film. Why not spotlight a new group of hidden women whose lives feel movie-worthy?
So, let’s take a look at a handful of the intriguing women whose lives and life’s work has helped shape culture and the modern world — from Mae Jemison, the first black woman to go to space to Hedy Lamarr, the Hollywood actress who helped create what we know to be WiFi to Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run a presidential campaign.
A version of this article was originally published in March 2017.