Celebrating Women

We asked a few folks: "Which female historical figure do you admire, and why?" Here's what they had to say.

March 07, 2011


"Rosa Parks. I find it amazing that she would have the courage to stand up (or sit down) for what she knew was right. People should never be told where they may sit simply because of the color of their skin. Women were not treated equal back then, so it could not have been easy for her to be so strong."

Bradley Steven Perry, Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie






"I remember early on learning about Harriet Tubman. I just love that she had a commitment to something that was so important and so right and so dangerous. [Her story] had an element of adventure and passion and sacrifice. It really sparked something in me."

Mark Ruffalo, Where the Wild Things Are







Phineas: That's a no-brainer for Ferb and me. Amelia Earhart! I mean, one day she woke up and said, "I know what I'm gonna do today—be the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean!" After Lindberg did it, ten other pilots tried but didn't succeed. Even Amelia's mechanic said she only had a one-in-100 chance of making it. But like me and Ferb, Amelia always knew she could do anything she set her mind to! And that's why we consider her to be the coolest woman in history.

Ferb: Not to mention she looked great in goggles.

Phineas and Ferb, animated stars of Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb




"There are so many. Emily Dickinson as a poet. Rosa Parks as an activist. Eleanor Roosevelt as a woman of politics. Those are the three women I would pick offhand."

Uma Thurman, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief







"My mother influenced me the most in life. She loved me and provided me an outlet to experience different things in life. Harriet Tubman would be someone who really influenced me because her strength and her presence and her warrior spirit is really inspiring. It made me see that you've got to stand up and be willing to sacrifice for other people."

Common, Grammy-winning rapper and actor






"My mentor the late, great Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King. I was very fortunate to get a chance to know her. She taught me about the importance of leadership and getting an education. She was a lifelong learner and someone who was very committed to helping the next generation of leaders find their voice and path in life."

Laysha Ward, president of community relations for Target






"I really admire Amelia Earhart. She was the first woman to fly by herself non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. She believed women could do anything men could do, and that women should stand up for themselves. I think she is very inspiring!"

Madison Pettis, voice of Izzy in Disney Junior's Jake and the Never Land Pirates





Your turn! Which woman in history do you look up to the most, and why?




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