SLIDESHOW: Six Women We Love: In Commemoration of International Day of Rural Women - October 15th

By Julene Allen |

The United Nations General Assembly designated October 15th as International Day of Rural Women, recognizing the critical role indigenous women play in rural development.
"Rural women are key agents for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. But limited access to credit, health care and education are among the many challenges they face, which are further aggravated by the global food and economic crises and climate change. Empowering them is key not only to the well-being of individuals, families and rural communities, but also to overall economic productivity, given women’s large presence in the agricultural workforce worldwide"- United Nations

Here are six women we love in honor of this day...

Margaret Tucker was was one of Australia's earliest and most notable Aboriginal activists

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She campaigned for indigenous rights and was one of the founding members of the Australian Aborigines' League. In the 1960s she founded the United Council of Aboriginal and Islander Women and in 1964 was the first Indigenous appointee to the Victorian Aborigines Welfare Board.
Anna Mae Aquash- women's rights, human rights and native rights advocate

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At age 30, the Canadian native became the highest ranking woman in the American Indian Movement. She fought for women’s rights, human rights and native rights. Her death was left suspicious.
Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Activist and Indigenous LeaderRIGOBERTA_PORTRAIT_0010(1)+(1).JPG
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Joenia Batista de Carvalho- Thought to be a man’s job, Brazil's first indigenous woman lawyer beats prejudice to battle for land rights604
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Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe activist, environmentalist, economist and writer9be0eeffe84cb579906a52ff35b66a23.jpg
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 Guatemalan feminist and political activist Lolita Chávez

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