How Women of The Past Changed The World
Hooray, it’s Women’s History Month! And what a better way to celebrate than to honor the women that have done so much in their time on Earth involving advocating for the rights of women, supporting equality between the sexes, and fighting for what is what is right. All this while being incredibly smart and known to take care of business, these ladies are nothing short of magnificent.
Ida B. Wells
Ida was a teacher and journalist in Memphis, Tennessee. She wrote about the injustices of lynching and Jim Crow laws for a local black newspaper. She was fired from her job as a teacher, and then became a full-time journalist. Although she was threatened to be lynched for writing about the many injustices of the South, including her friend Tom Moss,who was lynched in Memphis, she still continued to write about the violence concerning the killings of innocent black people. She was also an advocate for the rights of women and attended women’s suffrage meetings with Susan B. Anthony, and even started the first black women’s suffrage group.
Gloria is mainly known for being the “face” of the Feminist Movement in the 1970s. She started out as a freelance writer, writing articles that are still available. She was quoted, “In the 1950s, once you married you became what your husband was, so it seemed like the last choice you’d ever have…I’d already been the very small parent of a very big child—my mother. I didn’t want to end up taking care of someone else,” She sought a way of life that was out of the norm for women in the 50’s and 60’s. She is the Co-Founder and Editor of Ms. Magazine which is known for its unique feminist views and content relating to equality.
Felisa Rincón de Gautier
Felisa was a Puerto Rican woman who became the mayor of San Juan in 1946. She was very involved in helping women to gain rights in her country, by helping with a campaign that gained women the right to vote in 1932. She was involved heavily in politics and social issues. She spoke about child care programs, and aid for the poor and elderly. She remained mayor until 1968 due to numerous re-elections.
Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer in the late 1700’s. She is best known for her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. She is one of the earlier feminists, and sought out to have women achieve the same education as their male counterparts. Her works were very controversial at the time. She also wrote Maria, or the Wrongs of Women, in which she wrote that women do have sexual desires, not unlike men.