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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Roosevelt redefined the role of First Lady, using her newspaper column, radio and stump speeches to champion civil and women's rights--often in opposition to her husband’s policies. As a UN delegate and “First Lady of the World,” she drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. NBD.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Born a slave, she fled North to freedom and later made 19 trips back to the South as an Underground Railroad conductor, leading some 300 slaves to freedom. A nurse during the Civil War, she served the Union Army as a scout and spy. Because that wasn’t enough, she then became active in the women's suffrage movement after the war. Yes, your life is insignificant.
“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free.”
Saluted by Congress as the “first lady of civil rights,” Parks’s arrest, and the ensuing Montgomery bus boycott, became symbols in the struggle for racial equality in the United States.
“Prior to my election, Cherokee girls would have never thought that they might grow up and become chief.”
Mankiller was the first elected female Cherokee chief, and her ten-year administration, from 1985 to 1995, revitalized the Cherokee Nation through extensive community development, self-help, education and health-care programs.
Little-known fact: Andrew Jackson was sort of the worst. As a staunch proponent of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, he drove thousands of Native Americans out of their homes and to their deaths.
Better-known fact: Your wallet is filled with pictures of AJ (and other old white dudes).
That’s why a new initiative, WomenOn20s, seeks to replace Jackson on the $20 bill by the year 2020 with, you guessed it, a lady.
Here’s how it works: Over the next few weeks, everybody has the opportunity to vote for one of four women--Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks or Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller--and get her mug on the 20. Once a winner has been chosen, the WomenOn20s team will bring their nomination to President Obama, in the hopes that he will direct the secretary of the Treasury to make the swap.
Sound like a long shot? Maybe. Except Obama has already expressed interest in getting female representation on U.S. currency. Plus, with a woman in the running for the 2016 election, the time is nigh for social change.
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