This blog post is dedicated to strong women and the men who love us.
In history, although suppressed by politics, there have always been strong women. In the 1800’s women couldn’t fathom the idea of breaking, or even reaching a glass ceiling. I know. We’re closer today, but…
Seventy years after the American Revolution, a different kind of tea party took place. A woman named Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the invitees. Here, at this tea in 1848, Ms. Stanton spilled out her discontent on the status of women in America.
They planned a convention.
Stanton’s “Declaration of Sentiments” is drafted.
- Married women were legally dead in the eyes of the law
- Women were not allowed to vote
- Women had to submit to laws when they had no voice in their formation
- Married women had no property rights
- Husbands had legal power over and responsibility for their wives to the extent that they could imprison or beat them with impunity (see entire list in this full article)
Let’s not forget. African American women had it much worse.
(Today, we have fast-forward buttons- FF>. But in this case, I’ll use FFS> as in fast forward slow. It took us a LONG time to get where we are!)
FFS> to 1920. Seventy-two years later, we get the right to vote.
FFS> to 1936, a Supreme Court decision declassified birth control information as obscene.
FFS> The Women’s Rights Movement began in the 1960’s
FFS> In 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment, which had languished in Congress for almost fifty years, was finally passed.
It’s almost 2017. We have accomplished much but why have we fast-forwarded so slow?
This is what I do know. In this new political climate, WE WILL NOT REWIND AND GO BACKWARDS.