Sarah Weddington, Alice Waters, and Jean Kilbourne Join MAKERS
Women who disagree with the status quo are easy to find, but those who act on their instincts, educate others, and fight to change rules are the women who will be remembered throughout history. This week we’re featuring three women who took a stand against a cultural norm to show that change is always possible.
At the young age of 26, Sarah Weddington was ushered into the national spotlight after winning the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. Weddington will always be remembered for successfully arguing that a woman’s privacy and thus their ‘right to choose’ is constitutionally protected. And yet, her subsequent accomplishments should be recognized as well. She was thrice elected to the Texas House of Representatives, where she passed legislation of women’s rights, health, anti-discrimination and early education.
Alice Waters, hailed as “the mother of American cooking,” is best known for pioneering the organic food movement. At the age of 21, she opened her visionary restaurant, Chez Panisse, in Berkley, California. Her commitment to healthy food goes beyond business. In 1996, she founded the Chez Panisse Foundation, the Edible Schoolyard program, which brings organic gardens, kitchen classrooms, and sustainable food curriculum to public schools across the country.
Jean Kilbourne is a feminist author, speaker, and filmmaker who is internationally recognized for her critical studies of the representation of women in advertising. She is also credited with the creation of media literacy programs, intended to counteract the negative effects associated with mass media advertising.