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Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

This is a first for me, I don't usually write about things that have political issues attached to them. Especially on here, writing stuff like this is like throwing yourself in the lions den and feeding yourself to the wolves, all at the same time. Honestly, I'm not in a good place so I don't need the hostility from people I don't know or the name calling. However, I've seen some things on here lately, that make me feel woman (and people) are misinformed about certain things when it comes to strong women and women's rights (now). So, I thought I'd put my two cents into this very talked about topic, even at the risk of being burned at the hypothetical stake by the masses. Even if I can give only one person another view to consider, instead of the pack mentality one going around, then I guess I did a good thing or at least found one open minded person left in this closed minded world.

So, this is going to be a three topic in one take. I promise not to make it so long that you're bored to tears. Let's get started.

Why Being a Bitch Isn't a Good Thing.

This one is fairly simple. I've seen women on here proclaim how it's "okay to be a bitch" and of course they provide reasons that don't necessarily fit the description that name is given by others. Woman like that are usually mean, out for themselves and don't care who they hurt along the away to their end goal. Nobody, likes a person like that. Many people have said that same exact thing I just said. So, let me pose it in a question. If nobody likes a guy who's an ass (especially women), then why would anybody (especially men) like woman who's a bitch? Think about that for moment and let me know what your answer is.

Next, let's talk about.....................

How We're Stomping on the Women Who Came Before By Fighting a Battle Women Already Won.

I see all these women sticking together and fighting for womens rights but I'm kind of baffled what there is to fight for since we pretty much have the equality, we're suppose to "not have". Look, I know there maybe be some things in life that being a woman is considered a disavantage. However, this isn't a perfect world. It will never be a perfect world and anybody who told you it was, was lying. I know there may be people that have an old school mentailty and think women can't do certain jobs that men can but not everybody thinks like that. There may be a guy a women dates who thinks a woman's place is in the kitchen and looking after the kids but a good portion of men aren't like that, not to mention if you picked him knowing all of that and still marry him anyway, that was your personal choice. It doesn't mean all man are like that and trying to stifle a womens independence or ability to succeed in this life. That's just one guy, not all guys.

I'm a bigger picture person about certain things, so let's do a little side by side compasion. Shall we?

Women back then.....................

. Couldn't vote

. Couldn't go to college

. Usually got married around 19 or younger, then have kids shortly after

. Had to wear dresses (pants didn't even exist for women for a long while, dresses were your only choice)

. Couldn't have a job or career outside of their domestic duties.

. Had to stay home with the kids, cooked, cleaned and took care of her husband.

. Were excepted to have dinner on the table by 4:00 or 5:00 pm, depending when her husband got off work.

. Couldn't freely show her sexuality because that didn't happen back then.

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Women now.................

. Can vote

. Do go to college and aim for big jobs, such as being a CEO one day

. Get married and have kids when they choose or don't get married and don't have kids if they choose

. Wear what ever they want, be it pants, dresses or the skimpest thing you've ever seen.

. Can have any job they want from judge to lawyer, doctor,firefighter, cop, supervisior, head of human resorces, FBI agent, CIA agent, owner of a million dollar company, etc......

. Have the choice to be a stay at home wife and mother or not

. Cook what ever they can, when ever they can because most people don't have set dinner time anymore.

. Shows her sexuality freely because it's actually acceptable now (not to say there's not judgement but everybody has opinion, right?)

So, with that side by side comparsion list of then and now, tell me again how women don't have the same rights men do in this day in age?

I know women want to be paid the same as a man, get free birth control and have the right to get an an abortion. However, in the grander scheme of those three things compared to the list of all the rights we do have, how is that even signficantly close to where women once were? Life is hard and has design flaws but that doesn't make women repressed for a second time. Truth is, the more women complain about what women now don't have, the more seems like a slap in the face to all those women in history who work their butts off to get us to were we are today. Maybe we should be grateful for the amount rights and freedoms we do have.

Also, if women care so much about equality of women. Have they ever thought of coming up with calm uncoming at you like a mack truck way? Just because you talk the loudest, doesn't mean your being heard. If you want people to listen to your point of view, give them a reason to want to.

Anyway............. Moving on to the last topic and that is............................

What a strong woman really is depicted by ones through history.

I see things on here that state what a strong woman is and it's usually stuff like "makes the first move on a guy" or " tells it like it is". However, that doesn't make a strong woman. So, instead of me giving you my description on it, I'll give examples to it. There's many women through history that have shown true strength and braver, those woman are truly strong.

Let's now talk about those woman, not only are they strong but some of them fought for the things we have today. Those women are:

1. Louisa May Alcott
(1832–1888)

"Author who produced the first literature for the mass market of juvenile girls in the 19th century. Her most popular, Little Women, was just one of 270 works that she published."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

2. Susan B. Anthony
(1820–1906)

"The 19th century women’s movement’s most powerful organizer. Together with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony fought for women’s right to vote. She was also very involved in the fight against slavery and the temperance campaign to limit the use of alcohol."

3. Clara Barton
(1821–1912)

"Clara Barton got involved with tending the needy when she treated injured Union soldiers on the battlefield during the Civil War. She later was the founder and first president of the American Red Cross."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

4. Elizabeth Blackwell
(1821–1910)

"First American woman awarded a medical degree by a college. Attended Geneva College in New York after she was rejected by all the major medical schools in the nation because of her sex. Elizabeth Blackwell later founded a women’s medical college to train other women physicians."

5. Pearl S. Buck
(1892–1973)

"With her novels about American and Asian culture, she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

6. Cleopatra
(69–30 B.C.)

"Queen of Egypt and the last pharaoh. She was 17 or 18 when she became queen. Cleopatra was a shrewd politician who spoke nine languages. During her reign, Egypt became closely aligned with the Roman Empire."

7. Marie Curie
(1867–1934)

"This physicist was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize — she actually won it twice — and the first woman to earn a doctorate in Europe. Her investigations led to the discovery of radioactivity as well as the element radium."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

8. Amelia Earhart
(1897–1937)

"The first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, she opened the skies to other women. In 1937 while attempting to become the first person to fly around the world, Earhart’s plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

9. Elizabeth I
(1558–1603)

"Queen of England when England became a major European power in politics, commerce, and the arts. Smart, brave, and determined to link herself to her country’s fortunes, she cultivated the loyalty of her people and united the country against enemies. During her reign — the "Elizabethan Age" — England changed from being poor and isolated to being among the most important nations in Europe, with a powerful navy."

10. Ella Fitzgerald
(1918–1996)

"Considered one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, Ella Fitzgerald was the winner of 12 Grammy Awards and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

11. Indira Gandhi
(1917–1984)

"As the leader of India, the world’s most populous democracy, Indira Gandhi became an influential figure for Indian women as well as for others around the world."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

12. LaDonna Harris (born 1931)

"Harris is the President and Founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity, a national multitribal organization devoted to developing the economic opportunities and resources of Indians. Raised by her grandparents with traditional Comanche values, Harris has been politically active all her life. She has crusaded for the rights of children and women and for the elimination of poverty and discrimination."

13. Grace Hopper
(1906–1992)

"A computing trailblazer, Grace Hopper invented one of the first easy-to-use computer languages, which was a big advance in the field of computer programming."

14. Dolores Huerta (born 1930)

"A spokesperson for the rights of workers, Dolores Huerta helped create the National Farm Workers Association. Among other issues, she has fought for the right to a minimum wage, unemployment insurance, paid holidays, and retirement benefits for farm workers."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

15. Shirley Jackson (born 1946)

"Jackson is the former head of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where she reaffirmed the agency's commitment to public health and safety. She is the first female African American to receive a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Jackson's outstanding leadership in education, science, and public policy demonstrates the capability of women to be leaders in the field of science and technology."

16. Joan of Arc
(1412–1431)

"A national hero in France, Joan of Arc led the resistance to the English invasion of France in the Hundred Years War. She believed that it was her divine mission to free her country from the English. She cut her hair, dressed in a man's uniform, and led French troops to victory in the battle of Orleans in 1429."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

17. Jackie Joyner-Kersey (born 1962)

"She dominated the Olympic sport of heptathlon, a series of six demanding events. Joyner-Kersee won the Olympic gold medal for the United States in 1988 and1992, and set the world record. She was also the first American woman to win Olympic gold in the long jump."

18. Frida Kahlo
(1907–1954)

"This Mexican artist survived childhood polio and later a bus accident that led to seven operations. She began painting to escape her lifelong pain and is considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

19. Helen Keller
(1880–1968)

"A childhood disease left her deaf, mute, and blind. Helen Keller became an expert author and lecturer, educating nationally on behalf of others with similar disabilities."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

21. Margaret Mead
(1901–1978)

"This anthropologist who studied Samoan culture caused society to rethink how it looked at adolescence."

22. Mother Teresa
(1910–1997)

"Founder of a religious group of nuns in Calcutta, India, Mother Theresa devoted her life to aiding sick and poor people throughout the world."

23. Ellen Ochoa (born 1958)

"As an astronaut and researcher of advanced optical information systems, Ochoa flew her first shuttle mission in 1993 as a Mission Specialist with the Discovery crew, conducting atmospheric and solar studies in order to better understand the effect of solar activity on the Earth's climate and environment. The first Hispanic woman to be named an astronaut, she has logged over 500 hours in space."

24. Sandra Day O’Connor (born 1930)

"As the first woman appointed to the position of U.S. Supreme Court justice, she carved a place for women at all levels of the legal profession."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

25. Rosa Parks
(1913–2005)

"When she refused to give up her seat to a white person on a crowded bus, Rosa Parks set in motion the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a cornerstone of the civil rights movement. She has since been a strong advocate for human rights issues."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

26. Esther Peterson (1906-1997)

"Peterson worked throughout her life for consumer protection, improved labor conditions for American workers, and equal opportunity for American women. Because of her work, working women have a legal right to equal pay and food labels by law must now list exact amounts of ingredients and the nutritional content. She served four U.S. Presidents in various capacities, including Assistant Secretary of Labor, and Vice-Chair of the first Presidential Commission on the Status of Women."

27. Dr. Sally Ride
(1951–2012)

"The first American woman in space was also the youngest American astronaut ever to orbit Earth."

28. Eleanor Roosevelt
(1884–1962)

"As a champion of human rights, she strove to further women’s causes as well as the causes of black people, poor people, and the unemployed."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

29. Sacagawea
(1787–1812)

"She was the interpreter for Lewis and Clark during the U.S. government’s first exploration of the Northwest. Sacagawea’s role was to help negotiate safe and peaceful passages through tribal lands."

30. Muriel F. Siebert
(1938–2013)

"Her advanced understanding of banking and finance led Muriel Siebert to the first seat owned by a woman on the New York Stock Exchange. She created the Siebert Philanthropic Program, which lets investors help charities in their own communities."

31. Lillian Smith (1897-1966)

"Honored in 1956 by the women who organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Smith was one of the nation's strongest European-American voices to expose the vicious ways that racism destroys the human spirit. She used her stellar writing talent and class privilege to expose and challenge racism. Smith co-published the literary magazine South Today to help give voice to progressive black and white southern writers."

32. Margaret Thatcher
(1925–2013)

"This politician was the first woman in European history to be elected prime minister. Known for her conservative views, Margaret Thatcher was also the first British prime minister to win three consecutive terms in the 20th century."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

33. Harriet Tubman
(1820–1913)

"This abolitionist was born a slave. She eventually became a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad — a system developed by a secret group of free blacks and sympathetic whites to help runaway slaves get to free northern states. Harriet Tubman led more than 300 slaves to freedom."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

34. Victoria Woodhull
(1838–1927)

"First woman to be nominated and campaign for the U.S. presidency. She was nominated by the Women's National Equal Rights Party. Woodhull and her sister were also the first two female stockbrokers on Wall Street."

Strong Women Through History: What a Strong Woman Really is and How We're Undoing Everything They Did for Women's Rights

You want to know what repression of women really is, look no further than the list above. You want to know what the meaning of a strong woman really is, look no further than the list above.

These women had it rough, these woman were strong. All you need is to look at this list to see how far we've come and see what strength actually looks like.

Well, this concludes my take. If you have anything to add, feel free to do so. Just be nice about it. #No anger here.

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  • Nyx_85

    Nice take. Except the "Couldn't have a job or career outside of their domestic duties" part is incorrect. Women in various societies have actually worked outside the home for a long time. Unless they were born or married into a wealthy family they had to. I mean they typically had different jobs than men but they still worked. Women in Ancient Egypt had occupations such as weavers, dancers, composers, priestesses, hairdressers domestic servants. In Rome there were even some female physicians. If a woman's husband owned a shop they would help out. Even during the 50's at the height of the 'housewife' era quite a few women still worked outside of the home. 1 in 3. Always the idea that they always had the house looking spotless with dinner on the table by 5 while looking amazing is a myth. Maybe they had dinner on the table but that doesn't mean they had time to do their makeup or even comb their hair.

    https://www.ancientnile.co.uk/occupations.php
    www.theguardian.com/.../working-women-stay-at-home-wives-myths
    www.yesmagazine.org/.../seven-myths-about-housewives-debunked

    Is this still revelant?
    • Nyx_85

      *Also the idea

    • nalaa

      Agreed. Most women throughout most of history worked.
      Being a housewife was always a privilege for the better off, including now and even in the 50s

    • Nyx_85

      @nalaa Yup. We've been fed this lie that many people still hold on to today. Even suggesting that women did anything other than stay home with the children is offensive to see. As you can see by those giving my comment the thumbs down 😂

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  • madhatters4

    some people are undoing a lot of the great work feminist and strong women have done and many are still doing that great work. i think the notion that feminism now is entirely misguided is unfortunate. there is still tons of great work done, being done and to be done.

    Is this still revelant?

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  • AleDeEurope

    Great Take.
    It's sad these powerful women fought for women (people in general, actually) to be equal, and today, so many women think you're powerful by just sleeping around, having armpit hair, or just being plain rude. That's not powerful. Powerful is what those women up there were.
    We need to teach more young girls about these women, and forget about Beyonce, Amy Schumer, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, or any other fake "powerful" woman.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks.

  • nalaa

    I don't really understand the attitude some people have towards this. That because things are better we should all be happy and shut up, instead of striving to improve?
    If all people thought like this we would have never made it this far.
    You're right the world today is far better for women than it was 100 years ago and we shouldn't pretend that it isn't. But as you said it's also not perfect (and might never be), but we also shouldn't stop striving for something better

    I mean by the time Margaret Thatcher became prime minister things weren't all that different from the way they are now (in the UK). But when she said :
    "I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it." ,
    people didn't shout, "shut up you feminist bitch !"
    So how come she gets to be this idol but when people protest president Trump, it's making things worse?

    How come Rosa Parks gets to be icon for not giving up her seat but Malala Yousafzai doesn't, purely because of the era she was born in?

    Cleopatra maintained a close relationship with Rome by infamously seducing Julius Ceasar and Mark Anthony. Don't get me wrong she exceptional for sure, but I don't think we'd have the same love and respect for a female ruler who slept her way to the top today. So don't you think that's a little hypocritical?

    • Margaret Thatcher stick to doing her job... they're protesting Trump by actually not going to work.

      Rosa Parks protested against racism, she didn't say women were more powerful than men while hypocritically saying she believes in equality and that men and women are equal.

      Cleopatra was already at the top when she slept with Caesar and M. Anthony, hence why they slept with her.

    • nalaa

      @AleDeEurope
      " they're protesting Trump by actually not going to work" you're saying they're on strike? No that's not true, it's like any other protest

      "she didn't say women were more powerful than men while hypocritically saying she believes in equality and that men and women are equal." -- neither did Malala Yousafzai

      And actually Cleopatra was in exile (and her brother was king) when she met Julius Caesar and she used him to be reinstated as queen with roman support

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  • Not sure about what these women specifically would say, but women who live in third world countries - who similarly have less rights than we have (in most areas) - have asked that you stop utilizing comparisons to them as tools to derail from first-world feminist concerns.

    shadowlhunters.tumblr.com/.../you-know-how-1st-world-feminists-get-told-that

    "You know how 1st world feminists get told that they don’t need feminism? They’re told that they should be glad they’re not “really oppressed” like the women in 3rd world countries. That things could always be worse.
    You know what my mother tells me? She says I don’t need feminism because I should be glad I’m born in an urban city of Pakistan. She says, at least I wasn’t born in a rural area where girls are married off to men twice their age. That things could always be worse.
    And our house maid, Shabana, who was married to her uncle at 15 and, at 18, has 2 children, she doesn’t even know what feminism is. She was told by her father that she should be glad her husband doesn’t beat her and hasn’t thrown tehzaab (acid) at her. That things could always be worse.
    Am I the only one seeing a very disturbing pattern here?"

    astrosaurustyrannus.tumblr.com/.../cherscrotch-everytime-some-asshole-says-to-a
    --- "Everytime some a**hole says to a woman “be grateful you're not in a place like the Middle East” I wanna kill someone. Like how dare you use ME women as a tool to guilt trip women into complancy[sic] with western misogyny. They also talk about us like were[sic] poor animals all helpless despite the fact there are ME feminists working/making progress for women across the ME. Also what the hell do they know about gender politics in the ME? These ugly racists dont[sic] care about women in the ME and just women in the west to stop demanding justice."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdoeoU48DIg
    "I don’t like the generalizations about my country [India]…
    I’ve interviewed Hillary Clinton about 5 times and every time I used to ask her why it is so difficult for a woman to be president of the US… These are NOT conversations that we have in India. We had a woman leading us as Prime Minister about 4 decades ago!
    & I heard someone say in the morning that [the United States] is the only country in the world that doesn’t have paid maternity leave. Well we have paid maternity leave…[and] statistically the incidents of sexual violence is higher in the US and UK than it is in India.”

    • Anonymous

      I understand your point. I'm not unaware of what goes on in other countries, I've seen specials about things that go on in other cultures. I also have best friend who is from and lives in another country and he tells me how things are. So, that's another reason I think people here should be grateful because people in another countries have even worse obstacles to face then we do.

    • Except those people have literally asked that you stop saying that. Did you not read what I quoted?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, and I said I understand your point.

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  • Crapulux

    You make a very good point. I'll sum it up in a picture:

    img.memecdn.com/types-of-feminists_o_6327039.jpg

    • Hyperbole but amusing for sure

    • Why are they all white? You could've put some middle eastern feminists. Or some Asian feminists. Racist!!!11!1

    • I was joking but I now realize that Kurdish it middle eastern. 😑

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  • RationalMale

    I feel like a mosquito at a nudist colony. Where to begin? I'll take the easy prey first. Amelia Earhart's flight? Let's put her in perspective.

    In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew from Long Island, New York, to Paris, France, solo.

    Amelia Earhart became a celebrity a year later after literally being a passenger flown across the Atlantic. Let me rephrase that for you--she became a famous strong woman for sitting her ass in a plane piloted by two men and being flown across the Atlantic. www.nasa.gov/.../image_feature_1112.html

    Their historic flights? Let's also put that in perspective. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh's flight from Long Island to Paris was about 3500 miles. https://www.charleslindbergh.com/history/paris.asp

    Amelia Earhart's flight from Newfoundland to Ireland? Well, I couldn't find a website to give me the miles her flight was. However google helpfully told me it's 2027 miles from Newfoundland (to where Amelia took off) to Ireland (where she landed.) So even if we add 200 miles just to be safe... congrats, your strong female role model not only was 5 years behind a man, her achievement was over a 1000 miles less challenging, literally.

    That's women--getting awards for doing the easy version of what men did.

    • MrOracle

      You're missing the point: In the 1920s and 30s, most people (women included) couldn't imagine a woman doing those things. She showed that women absolutely could do them, and inspired countless thousands of women to become pilots or be involved in aviation.

      She broke barriers that, as the OP points out, largely don't exist today - but women like Earhart are the reason they don't.

    • @MrOracle And just like today, Amelia shows that a woman gets awards for doing 60% of what a man did. Because vagina.

    • She gets credit for doing something no other woman had done before. Comparing her to a man is irrational.

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  • candyaurora

    Brilliant Take. But I would like to add that there are still some places around thr globe where women dont have their due rights.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks and I understand.

    • Robin48

      I will agree with you. These women need to be treated equally. That is correct. This group of feminism and liberal women are not talking about equal rights. They talking about their rights is higher than other people rights. Women in America do have equal rights. This 30 percent of these women do not hold the values, morals, ethics of the other 70 percent of women thinking. This 30 percent of women talk about rights. They do not do the same for others. Everything this group of 30 percent claim about others doing they also do the same. Take the forest out of your eye before you take the log out of someone else eye.

    • Robin48

      Let me give you an example of gender rights. You have heard of this. Boys do not have the same rights as girls. Girls can see boys naked, but boys can not see a girl naked. What does this tell you? What a stupid rules. Anytime someone makes a gender rule like this. Beware, they are child abusers and child sex abusers. There women out there who said when women touch it not sexually but when a male touch it is sexual.

  • Belgie

    Knowing as much as I do about Thatcher and Mother Teresa I'd drop them both from the list like a hot potato. I'd add Mary Robinson and Rosalind Franklin. Read their Wikipedia pages to find out why.

    • Anonymous

      Okay.

  • QueenBeeJay

    Women have been sitting down and shutting up throughout the course of history, yeah things are better now, but they aren't perfect. Just because they might never be doesn't mean I'm going to stop fighting for it. This take is disappointing.

    • Your little knowledge of history is disappointing.

    • Try reading a History book before you make grand, sweeping, and completely false statements like, "women have always been quiet and submissive until the last few generations.

      The world has been shaped and shaken by just as many women as men throughout History, and just as many men have been ignored by History as have women.

    • Anonymous

      I think a few people misunderstood me, I never said to not fight for what you believe. However, there's a right way to do it and wrong. From what I've seen, women are choosing the wrong way and that's not going to accomplish anything is it?

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  • America1st

    A truly great MyTake!
    by the way... Never let those on GAG and elsewhere who won't let you say what you believe stop you from telling your truth. Those who can't handle someone saying something different than they believe are just whiny 5 years olds who feel justified taking away your free speech while claiming free speech is something they support. Oh my, I just described a Democrat!

    • Anonymous

      thanks.

  • Bananaman177

    Great take, and I give you bonus points for not including Margaret "human weeds" Sanger.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks. She was on the list of strong women when I looked them up but when I saw what she was known for I figured that would cause a problem, so I figured it would be best to leave her out. And, just so no one accuses me of anything, Oprah Winfrey was on the list to but I left her out because I knew people would be upset that she's a rich celebrity. So, I left her off.

  • raspberry0416

    Do you really think women are equal to men in our society TODAY? We aren't. Being a feminist doesn't mean being a bitch. It means continuing to see inequality and doing something about it.

    • Listening5

      Calm down.

    • Robin48

      @Listening5

      Man in the past has not been equal either. Just because males have a penis does not mean anything in being a father or husband. Look at all the taboo women put on men in the past. For example. It just as much as the father to raise children. It takes both parents.

    • skykid1992

      No because women now have more rights them man. So no women are not equal to men

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  • Let me first say you have a spirit about you that is peaceful. I guess you need it because you will get it from both sides here. From the men who are so immature and self-absorbed they actually feel that feminism is a threat to their own rights, to the women who think they are feminist but are not, they only seek a war between women and men that will benefit no one.

    The article is beautiful. :) The list of women is compelling. And your points self-evident.

    I just want to say. Thank you.

    • Anonymous

      You're welcome and thanks.

  • AriadneSky

    income is not insignificant. in the grand scheme of things it is VERY grand. especially with majority people existing on substandard living.

    if you told a guy who is getting paid less than another guy for the same work that he should be greatful he is getting more than women used to get. he would not accept it but you expectWomen to. Why.

    • If you are being payed less than your male counter parts in the USA, go to the lawyer about it. It's been illegal to pay people less based on their gender race religion since the equal pay act of 1963 was passed.

  • kilowatt04

    And these are just the ones lucky enough (or unlucky, in cases?) to get into a position where they could really do something, and get famous. Plenty more great and strong women out there, like maybe most, just never got to meet their potential. Plenty of great and strong men, too, like maybe most, never got to meet their potential, and some of them want equal opportunity for everyone too.

    I just want to see a world where everyone gets to be what they want to be.

  • Robin48

    Women are destroying women. The feminism is playing a very big role in this. As a boy growing I never look down on a girl who had a virginal. I alway saw a girl as one of the guys. Never put them in a lower spot. Females, in general, put their self in a lower spot because of their mouth and what come out of it. Women lack respect for their self and others. The reason why so many women turn to sex is to try to fulfill some need in their life. This is why girls and women are so abused sexually about their bodies. The reason why women are seen as a second-class citizen is because of their mouth and their behavior. Women today are destroying children and teenager with their junk of immoral.

  • TuMeManques

    Wonderful take! So many incredible women and examples. I recently studied Harriet Tubman in depth and really fell in love with her.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks.

  • oppresivewhitemale

    Feminism is destroying women.

    • Anonymous

      You're not completely wrong about that.

  • oddwaffle

    You forgot one of the most powerful woman in ancient history: Wu Zetian

    en.m.wikipedia.org/.../...ty_Empress_Wu_Zetian.JPG

    This woman was so powerful that she practically ruled over China for several years as it started to expand greatly. She took over the court, crushed all her rivals and enemies. She was ruthless and brutal. Even her husband the emperor couldn't do anything. The emperor weaken and fallen sick as she consolidate her power as a regent.

    He eventually died. She crowned herself "Empress" and created her own dynasty and named it Zhou. The Tang dynasty was effectively sidelined until she died.

    A lot of 'powerful' women in history had to rely on her family's backing or her husband. This woman was about to be exiled but came back and craved a bloody path to the throne and sit on it.

  • Dumbbong

    Fortunate to meet one of those listed in person. Nice write up.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks.

  • kickme

    SUPER refreshing, wow, can i marry you?

    • Anonymous

      Haha. Depends, do you like dogs? :P

  • SnowHearth

    👏🏿👏🏾👏🏽👏🏼👏🏻👏

  • Anonymous

    Cleopatra was an evil tyrant who murdered her own sister, her husband/brother.
    Thatcher wasn't a feminist she was an extreme conservative.

  • Anonymous

    Feminism loves to take credit for things they actually didn't do.
    Every time a female accomplishes something, feminism steps in to take credit.
    If I was a female, that bullshit would piss me off.

    Women could vote before feminism, they could own land, and they could work.
    Most of the women posted here had nothing to do with feminism and feminism had nothing to do with helping them accomplish what they did. Their determination and strength of personal character are what helped them accomplish what they did.

    Western women today are the most privileged group of humans to ever exist in human existence. But because of feminism still claim victimhood and claim they are oppressed. Usually using eastern women's actual issues as a scapegoat when they actually don't care to help women in the east.

  • Anonymous

    There is no equality. Everything that you do as a woman has to be "ok'ed" by a male - who signs off on it and says it's alright. It's just another institution. Not a true reality.

    • Anonymous

      I personally have never experienced that but I'll take your word on that anyway.

    • Anonymous

      You and your sister hood experience it on a daily basis.

    • Anonymous

      I never have and just because I'm a girl doesn't mean I'm in a sisterhood. I don't really do the whole gender solidarity thing.

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  • Anonymous

    I wonder how many women who would have been great leaders have been aborted. Just food for thought.

  • Anonymous

    I really love this article and it's historical mentions

    • Anonymous

      Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Good take, i think the only thing i want to add is that women DO get paid the same as men if they work the same hours, have the same job, and the same qualifications. Its already illegal to pay someone lower because of their gender (the equal pay act of 1963). There is however an EARNINGS gap, this is because woman tend to CHOOSE lower paying jobs and they tend to CHOOSE to work less hours than men do, so of course will make less than men when they do that, also taking into account that women have to take time off to have babies. Feminists are trying to force women to work jobs that they just don’t really want, and that in itself goes against everything they are “supposedly” for, like letting women do whatever they want to do. If a woman wants to join a STEM field, all power to her, thats great, but not all women are interested in those kinds of jobs. Feminists just refuse to accept that men and women are in fact different, they for the most part make different choices. I find it interesting that if feminists had their way and ended the mythical “wage gap” by paying women more, they would be creating an ACTUAL wage gap, as men would be getting payed less even though they usually work more hours than women. It would be highly unfair.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks. What you just said about the pay thing is one of the things I never understood about the wage gap. In my experience from people I know , the women I know have good jobs and make good money. So, I've personally seen this unfair pay thing. Which makes it hard for me to understand, you know?

  • Anonymous

    I do agree with most of your points, but I don't think it's a 'slap in the face for the strong women in history' if you admit that we're still not entirely equal. Because we're not and not everywhere by far. Sure, we can't really complain that much and we've come very far, but simply saying 'we' ve got this much so we don't have to fight for anything because the world isn't perfect' is not okay. Yes the world isn't perfect. I think we all know that but we can strive to the most equal situation.
    I want to give you some examples why I don't think male and female are not equal.
    - if I would ever wanted to make a world trip alone, I simply can't go to a big part of the world. Simply because it's not safe. There should always be a guy to go with me.
    - I always have to worry about not looking too sexy. If I do, I get catcalled, being called a slut and get nasty looks. A guy never has to worry about looking too sexy. A guy can look not neat or inappropriate for an occasion, but never too sexy.
    - I was looking for a job when I was 17 to work in a restaurant and so I spoke to a person that worked there and he called his boss. The boss asked on the phone if I looked cute. A guy would never be judged for a job baised on appearance. Even if it's in my advantage, they would not hire me if I was ugly.
    - workplaces where women have to wear heels. Doesn't matter if it's bad for your health, women have to look sexy and presentable.
    - When I was young I tried going clubbing with friends, but I kept being assualted by creepy men. Touching my butt, grabbing my hips or my wirsts very tightly and not letting go when I said I didn't want to dance. I tried it a few times, but I stopped because that was a huge dealbreaker. I didn't wore sexy clothing or was unclear that I didn't want it. I think it's ridiculous I can't dance with my female friends without being touched unasked.
    - in so many countries in this world women are far from equal and I think we have to acknowledge that problem.

    Ofcourse now I'm only taking into account how women are at a disadvantage. But men are also at a disadvantage in other ways.
    -men are still considered weak and unmanly if they show emotions.
    - a man is a loser if he doesn't get laid enough.
    - men can't play female like sports or activities without being called gay. Women have this a lot less.
    - men are not allowed to show affection to their family and friends without being called weird or gay.

    I don't have enough space.

    • Anonymous

      I appreciate your thoughts.

  • Anonymous

    THANK YOU! This is TRUE equality. This is classic feminism.

    How modern feminism devolved into the hate group it is today all comes down pure greed.

    • Anonymous

      Sure.

  • Anonymous

    Great take! Its good to see that an American mentioned Indira Gandhi. Let me add something.
    This lady made India a nuclear state, despite all the hostilities from Nixon's USA.
    Once, she lashed out at an MLA in the Parliament so angrily that the victim died from traumatic stress.
    Nixon used to called her "that bitch!". She was assassinated by her own bodyguards.
    Her speech before death was badass.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks. Just because I'm American doesn't mean I don't know about people from other countries. lol. I know someone from another country, one of my best friends.

  • Anonymous

    Most are rich privledged white women. Margert Thatcher was anti feminist

  • Anonymous

    This is a great take. It's refreshing to see a woman who doesn't see herself as a victim by default simply because she was born with a vagina and doesn't think "free the nipple" is a life-or-death struggle. Those women you listed were indeed strong women who accomplished great things, but I feel like feminism today is doing more negative than positive things. Seems like it's actually making women look bad and undermining respect for women.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    This was amazing. Well Done :)

    • Anonymous

      Thanks.

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