Dear Howard University,
It is no exaggeration to say that women are the backbone of societies all across the world, throughout history and into the modern day. Despite facing overt and structural discrimination, women have still managed to cultivate a sphere of influence and change our world for the better.
In this Women’s History Month-themed edition of Bison Beat, we seek to elevate and examine female leaders that have left their imprint on Howard University and beyond. From advocating for civil rights, gender equality and LGBTQ inclusion, these women saw injustice in the world and worked to correct it; no matter the pushback they encountered, they were determined to push forward.
From civil rights icons like Gloria Richardson to individuals whose names you may not recognize, like Chi Hughes and Victoria Kirby York, whose legacy of uplifting the LGBTQ community on Howard’s campus continues to be felt to this day, these women have demonstrated the importance of being outspoken when you have something important to say – even if there are those who don’t want to hear it.
I hope this edition of Bison Beat leaves you feeling inspired by the examples of these women to pursue righteous causes in your own life.
Excellence in Truth and Service,
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA
Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery