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10 Political Women Role Models for My Daughter

By Rebekah Kuschmider |

political women featuredAs the mom of a little girl, I find myself looking at women in the public eye as potential role models for my baby daughter. I’m sure the time will come that she will want to model her wardrobe and attitude after pop stars and actresses and I’m (mostly) ok with that. But as a feminist and political junkie, I want to make sure that she knows there are women who make American history, not just compete on American Idol.

Women have been integral to the creation of the America we know today. From Abigail Adams aiding her husband President John Adams behind the scenes to Gabrielle Giffords working as a legislator and advocate for gun safety laws, women provide brains and momentum to some of the greatest social movements of the day.

There’s an old adage that women must be twice as good to be considered the equal of men. This is certainly true of women who have been the first to hold positions of power: the first woman elected to Congress, the first woman Justice of the Supreme Court, the first woman Speaker of the House. These and others are all women I admire and hope my daughter will grow to emulate.

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10 Political Women Role Models for My Daughter

Jeanette Rankin

A Montana Republican, Jeanette Rankin broke the gender barrier when she became the first female Member of Congress, elected for the first time before women were even allowed to vote!
Photo Credit: US. House of Representatives

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Rebekah Kuschmider

Rebekah Kuschmider is a writer and mother with an over-developed sense of irreverence, who has socialist tendencies and a blog. She lives with her husband and two kids outside of Washington, DC. You can read her work regularly at Stay At Home Pundit and The Broad Side. Her work has also been seen at Salon, Redbook, and The Huffington Post. Read bio and latest posts → Read Rebekah Kuschmider's latest posts →

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  1. tee says:

    You might be my role models. Thanks to the post

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