Working to Form a More Perfect Union
Grand Marshal Inez Milholland Boissevain (1886 - 1916) leads a parade of 30,000 representives of the various Women's Suffrage associations at the National American Woman Suffrage Association Parade, March 3, 1913, Washington, D.C. She led the parade wearing a crown and a long white cape while riding atop a large white horse named "Gray Dawn."). Photo Credit: By Unknown - George Grantham Bain Collection, ,Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division. Public Domain.
National Women’s History Month 2016
“Working to Form a More Perfect Union:
Honoring Women in Public Service
According to the National Women's History Project "The National Women’s History Month theme for 2016 honors women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership. Although often overlooked and undervalued, collectively they have dramatically influenced our public policy and the building of viable institutions and organizations. From championing basic human rights to ensuring access and equal opportunity for all Americans, they have led the way in establishing a stronger and more democratic country.
Each of these public leaders succeeded against great odds. The diversity of their experiences demonstrates both the challenges and the opportunities women in public service have faced. Their ability to use the art of collaboration to create inclusive solutions and non-partisan policies, as well as their skill and determination, serve to inspire future generations. The tenacity of each Honoree underlines the fact that women from all cultural backgrounds in all levels of public service and government are essential in the continuing work of forming a more perfect union".
2016 Theme and 2016 Honorees, National Women's History Project, http://www.nwhp.org/womens-history-month/2016-theme/, web, retrieved 2.23.2016
In keeping with this theme, I chose 5 women from this list of honorees ranging from a turn-of-the-century suffragete to the first openly lesbian African-American LBGT activist to run for office.
They are listed in chronolicagl order so the reader may get a sense of how women have taken on their particular struggle within the wider context of the politics and mores of the time.
Woman Suffrage Leader and Martyr
Champion of Puerto Ricans
securing American Citizenship
Civil Rights Organizer,
Leader of the Little Rock School Integration
(1928 – Present)
Women’s Rights Activist, “Godmother of Title IX”
(1965 – Present)
LGBT Civil Rights Activist
and Executive Director of Equality Florida