As we recognize and celebrate women’s incredible achievements throughout our nation’s history, one glaringly overlooked part is the challenges related to learning disabilities and attention issues among the women that have significantly impacted our society.
Over the years, we have learned about the inspiring women who have faced adversity and made history despite great opposition.
However, their disabilities and the hardships resulting from those disabilities have been left out of many stories that we have become familiar with throughout our lives.
The narrow lens through which these stories have been told is forever incomplete if we do not create space for the truth to be unveiled.
This Women’s History Month, we would like to shed light on a few influential women who made history despite having a learning disability or attention issue. We recognize that these are only a handful of the many women whose stories are untold or still being written.
Amanda Gorman made history as the youngest inaugural poet at the 46th presidential inauguration, being the first poet to share at a Super Bowl and being named the nation’s first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate.
Gorman has been diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder and a speech impediment.
Cher is known for being an American singer and songwriter. In 2011, she made history as the first artist to score a number-one song on the Billboard chart in the last six decades. After her son, Chaz was diagnosed with dyslexia, she recognized her similarities and was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyscalculia.
In 2011, she made history as the first artist to score a number-one song on the Billboard chart in the last six decades.
After her son, Chaz was diagnosed with dyslexia, she recognized her similarities and was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Diane Ravitch is a renowned education historian and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education. She has dyslexia and has been a strong voice in education, advocating for policies that support students with learning differences.
Keisha-Gaye Anderson is a Jamaican American artist who has dyslexia. She is a multi-talented artist who has used her experiences with dyslexia to inform her art and has been a strong advocate.
Temple Grandin is a well-known author, speaker, and animal behaviorist with autism. She is famous for her work in animal behavior and welfare and has strongly advocated for people with autism.
We are grateful for each of these women and their contributions to our society.
As we look towards the future, let us encourage and empower more women to share their experiences with learning disabilities and attention issues.
If you have a history maker that you want us to highlight, please share their impactful story with us.
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