As we enter this month with war erupting and voices going unheard all over the world, I think back to the suffragist movement and the non-violent style in which women chose to have a voice.
I think about Rosa Parks and her non-violent stand for her rights and the rights of others. As I was researching amazing women in history, I was stunned to see all the inventions we use today that were created by women: the car heater, the circular saw, the rotary engine, washing machines, and the list goes on.
Looking back in time, I realize how important it is to be aware of these amazing women who created a voice for all those who came after.
The suffragist movement was a clear example of the power of the feminine. We should give thanks to Sarah Grimike, who in 1836 began speaking about women’s rights and abolition. In 1848, the first Women’s Rights Convention took place in Seneca Falls, NY. It was there that the movement began to take official form and shape. Women wanted to be heard and demanded that their voices count.
Almost twenty years later, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony formed the American Equal Rights Society for White and African American women and men dedicated to universal suffrage. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th amendment was ratified and women were given the right to vote. The league of women voters was born.
As Women’s History Month continues to unfold, let’s remember the powerful women in our lives, the ones who shaped our history, who took a stand for what was right, who nurtured us when we needed them, who created love in our hearts.
Reach out and acknowledge those women who have been a stand for you: a support, a mentor, a mother, an aunt, or a great friend.
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