Wonderful women to celebrate this March


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Yalitza Aparicio is the first indigenous woman in Oscar history to be nominated for an Oscar.

Rosa Lemus

March is recognized as Women’s History Month in the United States and pays homage to the thousands of contributions women have made to modern society, including those in the entertainment field. Though this list could go on forever, here are just a few of the wonderful women to rejoice over this month.

At only 14 years old, actress Marsai Martin is set to become the youngest executive producer this coming April when her comedy film “Little” hits theaters. The Texas native came up with the idea for the film after watching Tom Hanks’ 1988 comedy “Big.” She first began acting when she was 5 years old and now stars as Diane Johnson in the comedy show “Black-ish” which follows the Johnsons and their everyday lives.

Actress and LGBTQ+ icon Laverne Cox became well known when the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” aired in 2013. Since then, the actress has made an even bigger name for herself. Cox is a staunch advocate for trans rights and made history when she became the first openly transgender person to receive an Emmy nomination in an acting category. She has spoken out about her identity struggles as a child and admitted to encountering days where she still does. One way she shows support for trans youth is by initiating the use of #TransIsBeautiful. Her devotion to the LGBTQ+ community has encouraged many others to accept themselves for who they truly are.

Author Amy Tan has changed the lives of many first-generation children through her powerful, relatable works of literature. Her most famous work is “The Joy Luck Club” which revolves around Chinese mothers and their Chinese-American daughters. Tan highlights the struggles of adapting to American culture while trying to hold onto tradition. As a first generation Chinese-American herself, Tan understands how complicated living between two cultures can be. Tan was eventually awarded the Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service and went on to write several other books, including several works related to building and managing businesses.

Oaxacan-born actress Yalitza Aparicio made history for becoming the first indigenous woman to be nominated for best actress for her role in the movie “Roma.” Before starring in the hit film, Aparicio wanted to teach preschool in her native town of Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca. After reluctantly showing up to a casting call in Tlaxiaco, Aparicio was granted the role of “Cleo,” a housemaid in Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s new film. Soon after receiving an Academy Award nomination, the actress faced tons of backlash for her indigenous roots. In one instance, 60-year-old Mexican actor Sergio Goyri referred to Yalitza as a “f***ing Indian,” to which the 25-year-old responded, “I am proud to be an Oaxacan indigenous woman and it saddens me that there are people who do not know the correct meaning of words.” In a more recent one, Televisa’s TV personality, Yeka Rosales, dressed in “brownface” and wore a fake nose to mock the actress. Despite fervent criticism, Aparicio remains unbothered, choosing instead to use her platform to draw attention to Hollywood’s necessity for diversity.

Indya Moore, 25, is an outspoken model, actress, activist and director. At just 15 years old, Moore began modeling for brands like Dior and Gucci. In 2017, she appeared in an issue of Vogue España and starred in Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” music video. Moore is best known for her portrayal of Angel in Ryan Murphy’s 2018 show “Pose,” notable for its large number of transgender cast members. The New York native uses her horrific experience with transphobia and bullying to advocate for trans rights and diversity in mainstream media.