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8 Historic Places Celebrating Iconic Women That I Need My Daughter to Visit

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March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and honor the amazing achievements women have accomplished throughout history. From the first moment I saw my daughter, I knew my job would be to empower her, to help her develop a strong sense of self-confidence, and to provide her with a sturdy foundation. There are many obstacles that she will face throughout her life and I can only hope that I will give her the tools to conquer them. No matter what she grows up to do, I want her to know that she can be anything she wants to be, and to be proud of her decision. It is so vital for her to have icons to look up to; I want her to see that other woman have fought for our rights, and to for her to know how far we as women have come. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Inspiring a Change. Let’s make a change in the way our daughters see the world. Here is a list of inspiring historic places I will definitely take my daughter to see …

  • Rosa Parks: Henry Ford Museum — Dearborn, MI 1 of 8
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    Rosa Parks, also referred to as, "The Mother of Civil Rights" is such an important part of women's history. Her refusal to give up her seat changed the way the world looked at and treated women forever. Rosa Parks taught us to never back down and to stand up for what we believe in. There are many obstacles in this world, so it's important to give our daughters the confidence they need to overcome them. Take your daughter to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, to see the bus Rosa Parks made such a difference on.

     

    Her Message: Stand up for what you believe in.

     

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  • Amelia Earhart: Spirit of Flight Center Museum — Erie, CO 2 of 8
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    " The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to..." -- Amelia Earhart.

     

    A place I will be sure to show my daughter is the Amelia Earhart Exhibit at the Spirit of Flight Center Museum in Erie, Colorado. Amelia Earhart represents power and strength: She was the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean from Honolulu to Oakland;  the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic; and she was elected president/helped found the women's aviation club, Ninety-Nines. An important lesson that every daughter should learn is that she can be whatever she wants to be. Amelia Earhart sets a beautiful example.

     

    Her Message: Be anything you want to be.

     

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  • Eleanor Roosevelt: Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site — Hyde Park, NY 3 of 8
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    The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York is definitely a place I'll be taking my daughter. She was known as the First Lady of the World and she meant so much to women's history — she worked so hard for women's equality. She took a stand in politics: She held her own press conferences to speak out; she fought for racial and gender equality; she was a delegate to the United Nations; and she was a writer and mother on top of it all. I want my daughter to know that she is an equal and that no one in the world can make her feel any less than that.

     

    Her Message: We are all equals.

     

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  • Princess Diana: Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain — London 4 of 8
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    Princess Diana was one of the most beautiful women, inside and out. She was a true humanitarian and fought for others to be accepted. She traveled the world helping others in third world countries, would visit hospitals frequently to help the terminally ill, and used the media as a way to bring light to world issues. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London is a very important place to visit to see the impact she made in the world.

     

    Her Message: Acceptance is key.

     

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  • Rosie the Riveter: Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park — Richmond, CA 5 of 8
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    Although Rosie the Riveter is a symbol, not an actual person, this empowering poster is one every woman and young girl should consider having in her home. This cultural icon showed us that woman can do anything a man can do ... and more! This poster helped inspire a shift in American thinking during WWII where women were now part of the working world. The "Rosie" icon was put into songs, Broadway shows, the press, and most importantly, the public eye. Head to the Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park in Richmond, California to commemorate the movement. 

     

    Her message: We can do it. 

     

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Helen Keller: Helen Keller Statue — Tuscumbia, Alabama 6 of 8
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    Helen Keller proved to us that the impossible is very possible. After becoming deaf and blind from a childhood illness, she went on to become a world famous speaker, an advocate for people with disabilities, and a political activist for women's suffrage. The Helen Keller Festival held in Tuscumbia, Alabama on June 23-29 is a great place to see all her accomplishments. You can also visit her statue at the U.S. Capitol.

     

    Her message: Defeat the odds and let nothing hold you back.

     

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  • Harriet Tubman: Harriet Tubman Statue — Boston, MA 7 of 8
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    Our children live in a world where bullying has become too easy. Whether online or on the playground, I want my daughter to know it's okay to stand up for herself and others. Harriet Tubman is a perfect example of that; she fought for the abolition of slavery and helped slaves escape through The Underground Railroad. She also was a huge advocate for education, and a campaigner for women's suffrage. The Harriet Tubman Statue in Boston, MA is a must.

     

    Her message: Fight for what is right

     

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  • Lucille Ball: Lucille Ball Tribute — Orlando, FL 8 of 8
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    "I'm not funny. What I am is brave" -- Lucille Ball

     

    Lucille Ball's determination, success, and ability to just be silly showed women that it's okay to be bold. She was at one point the most powerful woman in television — she truly defeated the odds when people told her she wouldn't be able to make it (she was told she had no talent at age 5). By doing so, she paved the way for women to have a voice in entertainment. Head to the Lucille Ball Tribute at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida .

     

    Her message: Follow your dreams and be brave.

     

    Find out more at Wikimedia.

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family. Follow Jaime on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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