“The whole world opened to me
when I learned to read.”
― Mary McLeod Bethune,
African-American Civil and
Women’s Rights Leader,
Educator, member of FDR’s
Federal Council of Negro Affairs
(his “black cabinet”)
WOW2 is a four-times-a-month sister blog to This Week in the War on Women. This edition covers stories from November 9 through November 16.
The next installment of WOW2 will be on Saturday, November 19, 2022.
“… 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. That your sex are naturally
tyrannical is a truth so thoroughly established as to
admit of no dispute; but such of you as wish to be
happy willingly give up — the harsh tide of master
for the more tender and endearing one of friend.
Why, then, not put it out of the power of the vicious
and the lawless to use us with cruelty and indignity
― Abigail Adams, in a letter to her
husband John dated March 31, 1776
“I raise up my voice ― not so I can shout but
so that those without a voice can be heard …
we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
― Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Pashtun
advocate for education of girls and women,
winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014
The purpose of WOW2 is to learn about and honor women of achievement, including many who’ve been ignored or marginalized in most of the history books, and to mark moments in women’s history. It also serves as a reference archive of women’s history.
These trailblazers have a lot to teach us about persistence in the face of overwhelming odds. I hope you will find reclaiming our past as much of an inspiration as I do.
THIS WEEK IN THE WAR ON WOMEN
will post shortly, so be sure to go there next, and
catch up on the latest dispatches from the frontlines.
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