A Day to Reflect: Women’s Equality Day

Catching up on my email, I read a wonderful one from WIC member Gail Webber on Women’s Equality Day; and I thought it a good thing to share.

On August 26, 1920, women were given the right to vote. As Gail suggested, “let’s pause and reflect with gratitude on some of those who’ve blazed trails for more than a century. They and thousands more are positive role models for overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges.”

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott gathered in Seneca Falls, N.Y. on that hot July day in 1849 to begin the quest for a woman’s right to vote
  • Sojourner Truth, a former slave, abolitionist, preacher, and women’s rights advocate
  • Ida Wells-Barnette, a newspaper owner and founder of first black woman’s suffrage society.
  • Dr. Mary Walker was arrested for wearing trousers on the street, resulting in revocation of her Congressional Medal of Honor bestowed for her work as an army surgeon in the Civil War
  • Victoria Woodhull, the first woman candidate for the U.S. Presidency
  • Sacajawea, a guide to Lewis and Clark
  • Mary McLeod Bethune opened a Negro girls’ school in 1904 in Florida, the beginning of Bethune-Cookman College
  • Alice Paul, author of the first proposed Equal Rights Amendment
  • Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Margaret Dreier, a powerful labor leader articulating the rights of unskilled working women
  • Frances Perkins, the first woman cabinet member, Secretary of Labor 1933
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, tireless crusader for peace and equality
  • Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman in Congress
  • Patsy Takamoto Mink, the first Asian-Pacific woman elected to the U.S.  Congress
  • Sandra Day O’Conner, the first woman Supreme Court Justice
  • Sally Ride, the first American woman in space

Every election, I take my daughter with me when I vote. I tell her of the importance of voting and how special it is that we have this right. I tell her the story of the time when women didn’t have this amazing right. And I love her response: “But why Mommy; that makes no sense at all.”

So, remember and share this with your daughters, sons, husbands, mothers, fathers, and friends.

Thanks for sharing Gail!

avery@aveconsulting.com' About Avery Horzewski

Principal of AVE Consulting, Avery is a marketing and customer communications consultant, and serves on WIC's board of directors as president. As a consultant, she works with companies of all sizes to develop compelling, persuasive, and effective customer-centric marketing and communication strategies that encompass everything from websites to social media to print collateral. Avery assumed the role of WIC president in January 2010, after overseeing the organization’s marketing, PR, social media, and website initiatives for three years.

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