The Giants Before Hillary

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The Giants Before Hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee stands on the shoulders of Giants. Women fought for political rights centuries before Clinton.Their struggles speak to the political and sexist variances that have occurred within the 20th and 21st centuries. The positive moments of progressive equality for women’s rights are simply that, moments. Demanding that these moments become permanent fixtures in the lives of all women is what Shirley Chisholm stressed. 

Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change, 1926-2005 is an inspiring read that tells a story of a woman who understood the importance of being an advocate for minorities and breaking down gender and racial barriers.  “Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to the New York State legislature and, later, the United States House of Representatives. She also made a run for the Democratic Party nomination for president in 1972.” 

As the first recorded woman to run for the office of president of The United States of America, Victoria Woodhull starred opposition in the face while becoming the first woman to address the U.S. Congress and, the first to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street. Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored will encourage humanity to dream, to accomplish, to dream again.

Belva Lockwood was no stranger to opposition. Belva Lockwood: the woman who would be president tells a story of a woman who would become one of the first female attorneys in the U.S. In 1879 she became the first woman allowed to practice at the bar of the Supreme Court and, in 1884 Lockwood was the first woman to run a full campaign for the U.S. Presidency. She ran for President again in 1888.

When you look back over your lives, who are some Giants that have inspired and encouraged you to break down barriers and leave your mark on the world?