Lest We Forget: Three Influential New York Women

By Aura "Kymi" Manjarrez

Women's History Month has come at us in full swing; with the increasing [and rightly so] #MeToo movement, the uprise in political freedom and artistic liberation of women everywhere, the release of female-oriented and female-driven movies in the past couple of years [Captain Marvel, Ladybug, The Shape of Water, etc], and the overall change of tides regarding the way things had always been, it is important that we remember three of the most powerful, influential, revolutionary women in the history of NYC, the United States, and the World as a whole.



The voice and and heart of the Stonewall riots, Ms. Johnson wasn't only a renowned dancer but also one of the mothers of LGBTQ+ activism. Whether born with or without uteri, women of the Queer community owe her [and many others] much more than we will ever be able to repay. May she rest in power. There is a documentary about her life, which you can learn more about here.


Born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents, Sotomayor knew from a very young age that she wanted to dedicate her life to justice and become a judge. Grinding her way through Yale Law and secretly taking litigation courses, she worked her way to become the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.


While not much is known about her, the fact that she is the first African American/Native American sculptor to have ever surfaced is indisputable. After having been unjustly persecuted by the law, she made her way to the other side of the Atlantic and bloomed in full when she arrived to Rome.

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