That reform effort evolved during the 19th century, initially emphasizing a broad spectrum of goals before focusing solely on securing the franchise for women.
Rosa Parks, Susan B. As cultural icons, they represent firsts or standouts. In those headlines we do find extraordinary people who just happen to be women, and these models of the extraordinary serve as inspiration for current and future generations—for both women and men.
These woman and others like them did not just prevail, they excelled when personal, economic, political, and racial obstacles threatened.
Everyone can relate to that—and to their stories. Their stories are full of adventure, romance, loss, and triumph. Witness Heloise writing letters from a medieval convent to the castrated father of her child in 12th century France. Clap along to Babe Didrikson collecting two gold medals in track and field in the Olympics before swinging her way to victory in the LPGA.
But in the tea-serving and the wounded-tending, in the shadows of the spotlight lie the stories that we mere humans of both genders can most easily relate to. While we can certainly agree that specific documents and battles and elections do alter the course of history, we the pedestrians are rarely the stars of these monumental events.
We are the extras in a cast of thousands, more footnotes than headlines, to mix metaphors. By studying these subsets, we benefit from a richer perspective on what is generally considered regular history.
Cecelia Penifader of Brigstock, c. This peasant just happens to be a woman. We also learn about history on the micro level, with Cecelia as the representative peasant.
She owned land, attended church, served as head of her household, and bought and sold goods and land. Because of her spinster status, Cecelia was the sole owner of her land, could will it to whomever she wanted, and made business decisions regarding her property and her farm without having to consult anyone or worrying about heirs—all radical but historically accurate concepts.
And all about girl power, however unintentional. Other radical but historically accurate concepts include girls receiving education, women earning the right to vote and own property, women playing sports, women serving as heads of state, women making important scientific discoveries, women taking to the skies, and eventually, women outnumbering men in college.
Radical concepts inspired by radical women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Benazir Bhutto, Madame Curie, and Beryl Markham should be celebrated because they were firsts or were important to society or both.
By studying the Cecelia Penifaders, we can glean more about what life was like for the common folk in any historical period. You are Cecelia Penifader, years later.This unique site is full of information and resources to help you learn about women’s history in a global context.
Here teachers, students, parents, history buffs, and the interested public can find information on the following topics. Live updates, latest news, player profiles, fixtures, reports, ticket information, and merchandise from the IRFU. Local Celebrations As recently as the s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K curriculum or in general public consciousness.
Military History Magazine. Women in War. In the roughly organized armies of 16th century Europe, there was literally a woman with every man.
They were partners in pillage.
The first gathering devoted to women’s rights in the United States was held July 19–20, , in Seneca Falls, New York. The principal organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a mother of four from upstate New York, and the Quaker abolitionist Lucretia Mott.
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