Women’s History Month is a time for celebration of the contributions, innovations, and accomplishments of women throughout our history. We are featuring Maria Montessori, Malala Yousafzai, and Michelle Obama, three pioneering women who demonstrated courage and perseverance to make a change in the world. Women have achieved great things despite obstacles they experienced due to cultural barriers they experienced related to misogyny, racism, and religious beliefs. This month we celebrate these women and others that have a lasting legacy they have had in our world.
Maria Montessori was a pioneer in early childhood education in the early twentieth century. She was the first female doctor in all of Italy and advocated for a different type of teaching style that focused more on children’s own desire to learn based on their creativity and curiosity. As put by the Bluffview Montessori School, a school founded on her values, “In contrast to a typical classroom, in which all the students must pay close attention to the teacher, Montessori asserted that it is the teacher who must pay close attention to each of the students.” Her findings paved the way for later research on early childhood development. Her teaching style became wildly popular and many private school systems use her educational strategies as a foundation for their schools. We use her values at Bigs Tutoring because we believe each student is different. We pair tutors and students up based on student’s unique academic abilities and learning styles so that tutors can create a pressure-free environment for them to learn.
Malala Yousafzai is an advocate for women’s access to education. Her story started in her own country of Pakistan. She defied the patriarchal culture by demanding education for women. Because of her defiance, she was shot in the head in 2012 by the Taliban who don’t believe in education for women. She survived and continued to fight for equality in education. She believed that everyone deserves access to quality education. Malala went on to be the youngest Nobel Peace laureate and published her international bestseller, “I am Malala.” Her work continues to inspire and promote women’s education through her Malala fund and her work with world leaders. Malala said, “We want schools and education for every child’s bright future. We will continue our journey to our destination of peace and education for everyone.” Like Malala, we believe that everyone has the right to quality education.
Michelle Obama, in addition to being the first lady, was a big education advocate. She was a Princeton and Harvard Law graduate that believed education was the foundation for fixing many problems. She also started a foundation called the Girls Opportunity Alliance that aimed at providing quality education for the current ninety-eight million girls that have not received education around the world. Michelle stated, “I think about where I would be in my life if I didn't work hard in school and had the opportunity to go to college and law school. I wouldn't be here. It's imperative—and it's my passion and my mission—that every girl on the planet has the same opportunity that I have and my daughters have."
At Bigs Tutoring we are proud to have a leadership team predominantly made up of women. One of the co-founders of Bigs, Emma Rock, is a student at Northeastern University. Other members of our leadership team include Brand Manager Shannon Braniff, Community Outreach Manager Tatum Johnson, and our marketing manager Della Daml. We value having many perspectives and we hope to continue holding this standard. We are glad to be showcasing our leadership team during Women’s History Month, and we will continue to promote women in education, leadership roles, and more.