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Women’s History Month: Who’s Invited to My Dinner Party

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Kent State chapter.

Every year, the National Women’s History Alliance chooses a theme for the month. This year, the theme “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” It was chosen especially to honor essential workers throughout the current pandemic. As my mom is a nurse herself, this month’s theme has me thinking even more about Women’s History Month. 

Some of my biggest female role models are in my family. My sisters, mom and grandmas all inspire me daily.

In honor of Women’s History Month this year, I will be talking about who I would invite to my celebratory dinner party. 

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is a common name in my household. My mom, sisters and I all look up to her both for her sense of adventure and strength of character. Goodall first became known in the world of conservation biology when she traveled to Tanzania to live alongside chimpanzees. Today Goodall is an advocate for chimpanzees and the environment as a whole. As someone who cares deeply about conservation, I would invite Goodall to my dinner party.

Gillain Flynn

As my favorite author of all time, Gillian Flynn would be head of the table at my dinner party. Her books include Gone Girl, Dark Places and Sharp Objects. She writes raw (and even sometimes evil) female characters that deliver a different take on feminism.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

AOC broke into the political world only a few short years ago. In 2019, she was the  youngest woman ever to serve in Congress after she won an election with a grassroots campaign in New York. She defied odds to get where she is and now advocates for what she believes in. I admire the way she stands up for what she believes in, which is why I would save a seat for her at my dinner party. 


Zendaya grew up in the spotlight when she starred in Disney Channel shows Shake it Up and K. C. Undercover. Evers since, she has starred in other successful movies and TV shows. The most impressive part? She has remained well-liked and popular in the public eye. I think she would be able to offer good advice at my dinner party. 


As my favorite singer of all time, Lorde would definitely be invited to my dinner party. Maybe she’d even perform a song! Originally from New Zealand, the singer exploded when was only 16-years-old. She would be able to provide good advice about dealing with expectations and remaining true to oneself.

Sally Rooney

Because Normal People is one of my favorite books of all time, I would invite Sally Rooney to my dinner party. Her characters are flawed, realistic and relatable. Each of her books provide deep food for thought, so Rooney would be able to have engaging conversations with other guests. 

Amelia Earhart

When I was younger, I had a book about Amelia Earhart that I would read on repeat. The female pilot set numerous flight records that stood for years, and was the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. Her bravery and sense of adventure win her a place at my dinner party. 

Michelle Obama

A Princeton and Harvard graduate, Michelle Obama is more than just a First Lady of the United States. She is also a highly educated lawyer, public servant and mother. While her husband was in office, she chose to support initiatives that encourage healthy eating and fitness among young people. Growing up, my mom did the same for me, so the cause is close to my heart. I want to be able to help young people in the same way, which is why I would give the last chair at my dinner party to Michelle Obama. 

With all of these honorees, I would have all the making of a great Women’s History Month dinner party. Hope to see you there!

Jenna Bal

Kent State '24

Jenna Bal is a sophomore journalism major with a minors in English and web development. This is her second semester writing for HerCampus and the Burr. When she’s home in Toledo, Jenna enjoys working as a barista and spending time with her younger sisters. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, and journaling, and her favorite read is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. After graduation, she hopes to write for a magazine and eventually pursue her master’s degree in library sciences.