Most dangerous women
March is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate, I wanted to share a couple women in history that are deemed dangerous for changing the stigma around women. These women changed the stereotypes surrounding women. Many of them were even put in a position of power, placing them into a position that girls can look up to one day. It gives little girls a sense that they are not below men and it can break down walls for generations of women to come.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States for 27 years. She fought tirelessly for equal rights for women until her death this past year. She used her power to encourage equality in education, workplaces and health for all genders. She funded many projects that helped support women and gender equality.
RBG achieved many things on and off the Supreme Courts. She fought for the right for women to attend schools in the U.S vs. Virginia case where states didn’t have to admit women. She fought so that state-sponsored schools that are being paid by taxpayers (including women) should allow women. She also paved the way for the Equal Credit Opportunity Act that allowed married women to get credit cards and loans in their name without co-signing with her husband; single women also had trouble getting credit.
She dedicated her life to gender equality in America. She worked hard to get where she was and died doing so. Even in her deathbed she was trying to pass protections for bodily autonomy for men and women. She worked hard for the communities of all kinds across the nation. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will go down in history as a fighter for women equality.
Sojourner Truth was an outspoken advocate during the Civil War. She was a former slave that never learned to read or write. She met with Fredrick Douglas and William Garrison who were anti-slavery speakers that she also spoke on the behalf of. She then met women’s rights activists Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, with whom she would make her greatest achievements.
She spoke in many places expressing the need for equal rights for women. Eventually, she came to Akron, Ohio and delivered the speech that made history: “Ain’t I a Woman?”
This speech expressed race and gender inequality, the inferiority that white men had over everyone. Fredrick collaborated with her in saying that women should also be able to have suffrage, but he believed that enslaved men’s suffrage should come before women’s suffrage. However, Truth believed it should be simultaneously.
She thoroughly talked and lectured these rights to be given to women as the Civil War started and she helped troops. She later was then invited to the white house as an invitation to join the Freedman bureau to find jobs and supplies for newly freed men. Then when segregation came he also spoke and retaliated against it. As a streetcar conductor tried to violently block her from coming on, she built a case and won, he was arrested. She then in the late 1860s collected thousands of signatures to provide land to Freedmen but Congress never passed on it.
She was a famous advocate for race and gender equality and will also be remembered for it. Her efforts till her death have never been enervated. She is a great role model and needs to be mentioned more for her efforts for both movements.
Frida Kahlo was a feminist in the 1900s. She was an artist that made taboo art in the eyes of society. As her looks and her paintings showcased a mono-brow, a faint mustache upon her face that were deemed masculine. She had paintings that showed abortion, breastfeeding, miscarriages and many more. She also pushed for gay rights as she was bisexual and she used art to express all her views. Madonna has even written many influential songs and music videos with some of her art in them.
Her art speaks for themselves even so she still lectures around. As in her time all the issues were never to be spoken about. She expressed these because they are real issues and need to be talked about.
She had stated: “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”
Her artwork has been commonly described as sexual, surrealism, and symbolic. Her artwork started these conversations that are changing the world till this day.
Her art and will to press these issues shows her strength she had to help women have rights over themselves. She wanted them to not be depressed when they don’t fit in the standards of society. Her pieces are still being used today with the same issues she was expressing about about 100 years prior. Her motion to stand up to these issues fuel the fire in the women’s movement for many years and her efforts will forever exist in those paintings that made history for all women.
There is quite a few women that made history. If you have a favorite, be sure to let us know who she is in the comments.