In honor of International Women’s Day, I bring 7 interesting people involved in gender equality and women’s rights. It takes men to make this happen and I choose to be one of those men. Enjoy.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the creators of the Women’s Movement and was good friends with Susan B. Anthony. At her wedding she decided not to say, “Promise to obey” to her groom since it was agreed that their partnership was 50/50.
Congressman Henry A. Barnhart was a Representative for the House. During his time in office, he had the opportunity to vote on the suffrage amendment of 1918. At the time, he could not walk. However, he wanted to vote so badly, he was carried in to do so, on a stretcher.
Catherine the Great, a Russian Empress was associated with many negative things. However, she promoted Enlightenment and schooling all the while, expanding the borders of her land.
Jeannette Rankin fought and won the woman’s right to vote in Washington and Montana. She was later the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. Plus, she alone voted against World War I &II.
Frederick Pethick-Lawrence, owner of a right-wing newspaper, bailed about 1000 people out of jail who were members of the Women’s Social and Political Union.
Israel Zangwill did many things to support equality for women. He wrote and gave speeches. He published essays and letters. His efforts helped bring understanding and acceptance of women’s rights to the Jewish Community.
Representative Bella Abzug introduced the successful bill that set aside a day to officially celebrate the right women have to vote, or more officially, the 19th Amendment. During her campaign she said, “This woman’s place is in the House—the House of Representatives.” (wikipedia.org)
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