Women’s History Month (March) is a time to celebrate the achievements of women who have climbed mountains throughout history. Unsurprisingly, many famous and visionary feminist icons have refused to eat animals.
This is because women win when we confront oppression and exploitation. all animals – from humans to countless others, who are killed every single day by the food industry. When we oppose violence and superiority in all its forms – such as removing beaks, removing horns, and neutering animals (sometimes without pain relievers) – and defending the rights of slaughterhouse workers, we awaken empathy and empathy in others.
In this Women’s History Month, check out these five iconic women who just Little about inspiring pro-animal feminist figures:
Cicely Tyson (December 19, 1924 – January 28, 2021)
Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson has made a name for herself in the film and television industry, giving memorable performances for over 70 years. In addition to winning several Hollywood Barrier Breaking Awards – as the first black actor to star in a prime-time drama, the first black woman to receive an Emmy Award for a leading role in a television movie, and the first black woman to receive an Oscar Honorary Tyson was a staunch vegetarian. The recipient of the President’s Medal of Freedom attributed her long-term health to vegetarianism in an interview, saying, “If you have a Rolls-Royce and you drive up to a gas station, you don’t put dirt in it. You fill your car with the most expensive oil and gas. You want to be treated well, to serve you well. We have to start thinking about this body of ours. “
Gloria Steinem attends a women’s conference at the LBJ on November 9, 1975.
Photograph of the LBJ Library by Frank Wolfe If you’ve heard the term “second wave of feminism” – the fight against gender discrimination from the 1960s to the 1980s – you’ve probably heard the name Gloria Steinem. A journalist, writer, passionate activist and member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, she was the leader of the feminist movement in the late 60s, inspiring young women everywhere to speak out openly against injustice. In addition to her advocacy for a wide range of women’s concerns, from underprivileged girls to media portrayal of women, Steinem – a vegetarian for several years – has also spoken about animal issues, joining PETA to call on the National Institutes of Health to threaten health women funding cruel and useless animal experiments:
I add my voice to others calling for an end to these and other cruel and useless experiments – on behalf of animals that are senselessly forced to suffer and die, on behalf of women whose health problems are underfunded, and on behalf of deceived taxpayers.
Educator, community organizer and prominent supporter of the abolition of the death penalty Angela Davis has done much to promote racial, economic and gender justice. Her long-term work focuses heavily on dismantling the “prison industrial complex,” a term she helped popularize with her collection of essays on the systemic oppression of women and people of color in the prison system.
As a vegan, Davis encouraged others to explore the relationship between cruelty to humans and cruelty to other animals. In an interview, she said: “I think there is a connection between … how we treat animals and how we treat people at the bottom of the hierarchy. See how people who abuse other people in this way often learned to enjoy it by using animal abuse. “
Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King has been a central figure in the American civil rights movement and is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women leaders in history. She has dedicated years of her life to issues of social, racial, gender, economic and environmental justice. After the death of her husband, renowned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., she added animal rights to the list by becoming a vegan. Both she and her son Dexter Scott King believed that compassion for animals was a logical extension of Dr. King’s philosophy of nonviolence.
Dolores Huerta’s pivotal role in leading successful strikes, winning better contracts with workers, securing better working conditions, fighting for unemployment benefits and health care, and helping to unionize in the face of gender and ethnic bias is why she is recognized as one of the most influential women. influential union activists 20th century. Her unwavering dedication to work organization and active participation in the Chicano civil rights movement has been recognized by many, and she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award in 1998 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. Huerta is also an inspirational vegetarian role model.
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