I am highlighting three women. I am struck by the fortitude of these women as they spoke in ways that contrasted common thinking of the times they lived in.
Their challenge was to subvert society. They faced circumstances that discouraged displaying their intellect, authority, and voice. Moreover, they rose not to solely improve their own livelihoods, but to lift women (and other disenfranchised populations) into positions of greater presence. Their dis-acceptance, or rejection, of the challenges they faced led to societal enlightenment.
All these women were born of a different name. Each evolved. From slave to educator, from common girl to puppeteer, from wife to businesswoman. To interlope into prominence necessitated a persistence that pelted thinking of the time. May we all live to nag the shortcomings of inequity.
Three heroes are below, but many more exist.
Born Isabella Bomfree.
Truth-teller, Advocate, Mother.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Born Abigail Smith.
Writer, Investor, Sister.
I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. 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.
Born Sarah Breedlove
Millionaire, Business-Women, Divorcee.
I am not satisfied in making money for myself. I endeavor to provide employment for hundreds of the women of my race.