“If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” -Abigail Adams 1776
March is National Women’s History month, and I can’t think of a more exciting time to be women raising daughters than today. Our nation has a rich, deep history of women who rebelled against the evils of society and fought for what was right. Abigail Adams at the formation of our nation described what was to take place over the next 241 years, the journey of women breaking into every area of society to make their mark on history. Never has there been so many resources to teach our kids about the great women who went before us blazing a trail.
I want our six-year-old daughter to discover what she was born to do and use that to impact those around her. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor, said “I do not wish to give (women) a first place, still less a second one- but the most complete freedom to take their true place, whatever it may be.” It’s about helping our kids find what they were created to do and doing the same for ourselves. Most of these great women pursued change while raising young kids. They sacrificed for us to have the rights that didn’t exist like education, voting, and so many other things.
It is critical to teach our kids the importance of these rights that were fought for over many years. They need to know about the great women like Rosa Parks who said “enough is enough,” and brought about change that matters. They need to know about Susan B. Anthony who fought for 50 years for a women’s right to vote and never actually saw it come to pass. I’m amazed when I think about the fact that American women have only been allowed to vote for the past 97 years!
There are some great children’s books inspired by true stories of women who made significant contributions to our society. Our current favorites are Ada Twist, Scientist and Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty.
My hope is that through these books, and teaching our kids true American history, they will know “there is not one foot of advance ground upon which women stand today that has not been obtained through the hard-fought battles of other women.” – Susan B. Anthony 1897