As 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.
Photo credit: The White House
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