In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8th), DSI highlights four of the many inspiring women with disabilities.
· Arunima Sinha is from Uttar Pradesh, India, and she is a fantastic athlete. In 2011 she was injured in a train accident, which resulted in a leg amputation. Arunima is also the first female amputee who climbed Mount Everest, a major accomplishment and physical feat.
· Judith Heumann is an American disability activist. She has worked with the World Bank and the State Department to integrate disability rights into international development. She has also worked internationally to share the independent living movement for people with disabilities. Her book Being Heumann was just published in 2020 and ongoing work has inspired many!
· Frida Kahlo was the first Mexican artist in the 20th century whose art was acquired by an international museum. Frida contracted polio as a child and experienced significant physical complications following an accident she was involved in. It has also been said that she had spina bifida. She is an internationally famed and recognizable artist.
· Farida Bedwei is a Ghanaian software engineer, co-founded a thriving financial technology company and author of a book called Definition of a Miracle. Farida has Cerebral Palsy, and she wrote about a superhero with cerebral palsy in her book. Farida is breaking barriers in the technology field and expanding positive disability representation in the media through her writing.
These are incredible women, among many. You can learn about even more amazing women who have been honored with a HerAbility Award!
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we encourage you to learn more about, and honor, the influential women with disabilities in your community.