NYC international womens day

In 2017, a statue of a girl was erected in front of the Charging Bull on Wall Street to commemorate International Women’s Day. It has since been removed and will be relocated in front of the New York Stock Exchange. (Source: Fortune)

In honor of International Women’s Day, we are paying tribute to some of our favorite New York City women — past and present. The list is far from exhaustive so please leave your suggestions in the comments field. We identified any New York woman — from Jane Jacobs to J. Lo and Dorothy Day to Cardi B — who has had an impact on the community, city or world at large. No contribution is too small! Here, in no particular order, are our favorites:

Jane Jacobs — 20th-century journalist, author, and urban theorist who went toe-to-toe with “master builder” Robert Moses. Greenwich Village resident.

Cardi B — Rapper, singer, songwriter, self-proclaimed feminist, social media baroness and Grammy-winner, this truly badass babe is Bronx born and bred.

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Cardi B performs onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.)

Emily Warren Roebling — 19th-century self-taught civil engineer and project manager who oversaw the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband Warren A. Roebling fell ill. In her own words, ““I have more brains, common sense and know-how generally than have any two engineers, civil or uncivil, and but for me the Brooklyn Bridge would never have had the name Roebling in any way connected with it!”

Patti Smith — Singer, songwriter, poet, artist, all-around badass. East Village resident.

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Patti Smith. (Source: Pinterest)

Eleanor Roosevelt — 20th-century activist, diplomat, longest-serving First Lady of the United States. Washington Square Park resident.
Yoko Ono — Visual artist, style icon. Widow of slain Beatle John Lennon. Upper West Side resident.
Helen Levitt — 20th-century photographer, documenter of New York City street life, famous for her work depicting local children. Born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Nora Ephron — Comedian, playwright, essayist. Upper West Side resident.

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Nora Ephron. (Source: The Daily Beast)

Chirlane McCray — Activist. Writer, editor, communications pro. Former Park Slope resident, currently residing in Gracie Mansion with her husband, Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Margaret Sanger — 20th-century public health advocate who opened what would become the nation’s first Planned Parenthood clinic in Brownsville, Brooklyn in 1916.
Loretta Lynch — Former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, former Attorney General of the United States. Former Brooklyn resident.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Supreme Court Justice, co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU,  inspiration for Notorious RBG Tumblr. Graduate of James Madison High School in Midwood, Brooklyn. Born and raised in East Midwood, Brooklyn.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Senior Portrait. (Source: 6qft)

Tamika D. Mallory — Civil rights advocate, organizer of 50th Anniversary March on Washington and National Co-Chair of Women’s March on Washington. Raised in Manhattanville.
Elena Kagan — Supreme Court Justice. Graduate of Hunter College High School. Upper West Side native.
Linda Sarsour — Local social justice advocate, former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York City. Graduate of John Jay High School in Park Slope and Brooklyn College. Born in Palestine, raised in Sunset Park, resident of Bay Ridge.
Sonia Sotomayor — Current Supreme Court Justice, former Federal Judge for the Southern District of New York. Graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School in Soundview. Bronx native, former Co-op City resident, former Carroll Gardens resident.

Barbra Streisand, age 7, performing at her yeshiva school in Brooklyn. (Source: NYT City Room)

Barbra Streisand — Singer, songwriter, film actress and Broadway star. Graduate of Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush. Native of East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Zora Neale Hurston — Writer, critic, social-anthropologist. Graduate of Barnard College. Harlem resident.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez —The youngest congresswoman ever elected, the 29-year old progressive and Bronx native was elected in 2018 and is already making waves in the House of Representatives. Before her victory in the Democratic primary over incumbent Joe Crowley, she was waiting tables at Mexican restaurant near Union Square.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends Women’s March 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

J. Lo — Singer, dancer, actress. Named first album after the 6 train.  Bronx native, specifically from “the Block.”
Billie Holiday — Iconic jazz singer and pioneer of the genre. Recipient of four posthumous Grammys. Harlem resident.
Dorothy Parker — Poet, writer, satirist. Founding member of Algonquin Round Table. Contributed to The New Yorker, Vanity Fair. Alleged Communist. Upper West Side as a child, Upper East as an adult.

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A young Billie Holiday in New York City. (Source: NYC Street Signs)

Jackie Kennedy — Influential 20th-century public figure and style icon. Historic preservationist who helped save Grand Central Terminal and St. Bartholomew’s Church. Wife of JFK. Upper East Side resident.
Faith Ringgold — Feminist, civil rights activist and unparalleled mixed-media artist, narrative quilter and author. Winner of Ezra Jack Keats and Coretta Scott King awards for her classic storybook Tar Beach.
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney — Patron of the arts, crucial influencer in the development of modern art. Collector and founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Upper East Side native and Greenwich Village resident.
Shirley Chisholm — American politician, educator, and author. First black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, representing New York’s 12th Congressional District between 1969 and 1983. First black major-party candidate to run for president. Graduate of Brooklyn College. Born in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn.

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Shirley Chisholm. (Source: PBS)

Diane von Furstenberg — Iconic fashion designer, creator of the wrap dress, socialite and business leader. Major donor of the High Line and Pier 55’s Floating Park. West Chelsea resident.
Susan — Writer, filmmaker, critic and political activist. Resident of Chelsea.
Dorothy Day — Writer, activist, Catholic convert, saint. Born in Brooklyn Heights. Lower East Side resident.
Lena Horne — Singer, dancer, actress and civil rights activist. Born in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Please add your own in the comments!