“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men AND WOMEN are created equal”. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton (and Lucretia Mott) Declaration of Sentiments – First Women’s Convention 1848 Seneca Falls, New York
“When you’re at work, you think of the children you’ve left at home”. When you’re at home, you think of the work you’ve left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself, your heart is rent”. ~ Golda Meir, Israel’s First Female Prime Minister 1948
“Any woman who understands the problems of running a home is that much nearer to understanding the problems of running a country”. ~ Margaret Thatcher – First Female Prime Minster of England 1980 “The real obstacle to equality is not the vote but the division of lifestyles between men and women…” ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Oh, if only you were born a boy”. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s father, Judge Daniel Cady
“Female Suffrage causes a sexual state of war”. ~ Wendell Phillips 1850s Abolitionist
“I come before you to declare that my sex are entitled to the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~ Victoria Woodhull – Mother and First Woman To Run For President 1872
“…women had to be organized to gain an equal share of political power if they were to improve their economic and social status”. ~ Congresswoman Bella Abzug 1970s
“Government sponsored childcare is a communistic subversion of the traditional family.” ~ President Nixon in1970s vetoing Bella Abzug and Shirley Chilshom’s Childcare Act of 1971
“A wife in the workforce threatens the very structure of family life itself”. ~ Ronald Reagan 1980s
“The Price Of Motherhood, Why The Most Important Job In The World Is Still The Least Valued”. 2001 ~ Anne Crittenden – (who is a New York Times Reporter and Pulitzer Prize Nominee Book) after leaving the “paid” workforce to become a mother), wrote this book in response to being asked at a dinner party – “Didn’t you used to be Anne Crittenden?”
“With passion and courage, women have taught us that when we band together to advocate for our highest ideals, we can advance our common well-being and strengthen the fabric of our nation” ~ President Obama 2008 The President signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to provide a coordinated Federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families.
*The first bill President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act
What does it mean to be a mother? To me it means the end of life, as I knew it and the beginning of the most important, rewarding and challenging journey that never ends. Why do WE have the ovaries? A point Madeline Albright – First Female Secretary of State – brought up at Maria Shriver’s 2009 Women’s Convention.
From the beginning of time, becoming a mother meant flirting with death every time a baby was brought into the world.
For women and mothers today the challenge remains the same. How do we maintain our own identities and survive in a culture that is not just family unfriendly but actually punishes for motherhood. In 2009 the statistic came out that for the first time in the history of our country, women make up more than 50% of the workforce – yet women are paid less than men – and SINGLE mothers fare the worst (got http://www.momsrising,org for more)
BIO: Amy Simon www.sheshistory.com and www.cheeriosinmyunderwear.com is a self-appointed Cultural Herstorian, published writer, actress, playwright and producer. As an herstorical humorist, she writes, blogs, performs and entertains on the radio, online, and onstage. Her play She’s History! The Most Dangerous Women In America Then And Now”, back on stage in March (Women’s History Month) in Hollywood, was inspired by her ten year old daughter’s desire to write her Women’s History Report on Cher. Amy is working on a school program and a book and is excited about turning the world on to all the fabulous females no one knows anything about. Her first solo play “Cheerios In My Underwear” holds the record as the longest running solo show in Los Angeles. She is a single mother of two glorious and “challenging” teenage daughters who can tell you who the first woman was to run for President.