By Teresa Nguyen
Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelet, Rosa Parks, Dolores Huerta and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have each inspired us...and the list could go on!
These women did not become great by being quiet and fitting comfortably into society’s “ideal woman”. They became great because they stood up and spoke up.
They worked incredibly hard, sacrificed, knocked down stereotypes with their courage and boldly stood by their convictions.
They fought for freedom. They fought for an education. They fought to work. They fought for the basic right to vote, risking arrest, risking physical violence. They fought for representation. They fought for the right to make their own choices. They fought for fair wages. They have been fighting for decades simply for a SAY.
And they did so in spite of mockery, even hatred. They fought back, marched ahead and earned our admiration with their inner strength and brave ambition.
They never quit. They are still fighting, still working, still seeking true equality.
To those who ridicule, mock or hate…open your eyes. For those you mock are marching right past you. The time for respect is long overdue, and they are stronger than you could ever know.
To any girl or woman out there doubting your goals, your ability to face those challenges, I say, if THEY can do it, so can you.
Those who fought before you would expect you to step up, speak out, vote, work hard, stay determined, stay strong.
Above all, don’t EVER quit.