This article is about female politicians who have looked out for and helped people who have had a hard time in life... women who have dedicated their lives to improve other people's lives! These women have fought for various issues including money troubles, medical bills, college loans, civil rights, etc. There are other female politicians who fight to get bills passed in the house of representatives and the senate, and they are extremely as important as well.
However, this particular article will be about women who fight outside of those places, who are physically in touch with all kinds of people and provide a voice for those who don't get to speak out.
The five ladies being discussed here have done some truly amazing things to help our country and fought/still fight for women's rights. They have our respect because they never gave up, no matter the numours and ugly challenges they faced.
Here is our list of five important women in our history who we are proud to feature here:
In 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman to serve in the congress, at a time when many women could not vote. She helped pass the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote.
An example of her strength is conveyed in a speech she gave on the house floor: “How shall we answer the challenge, gentlemen?” Rankin asked. “How shall we explain to them the meaning of democracy if the same Congress that voted to make the world safe for democracy refuses to give this small measure of democracy to the women of our country?”
During World War I, she fought for the rights of women who were working for the war effort. After her congress term ended in 1919, she continued her fight for women's rights in various ways and was re-elected to the House of Representatives in 1939.
Elizabeth Warren is the first female senator from Massachusetts. She was one of five potential running mates for the position of Vice President with Hillary Clinton.
Elizabeth has always fought and continues to fight for the poor and the middle class. She fights for the wealthy (herself included) to pay more taxes, which would aid government programs to further help people. She is against any companies who don't have the public's best interest at heart. She wants banks and wall street to be held accountable for the greed they so often show. She is a very strong and tough woman who never gave up in the face of strong republican opposition.
As of now, she is still taking on these tasks to help consumers and fight corruption. She has also been out campaigning for Hillary Clinton's presidential run. Elizabeth is a no-nonsense, down to earth, hard working lady who will always fight for everyone's rights, and this is why we need her to stay in office!
Hillary Clinton wanted to be an astronaut when she was a little girl, but was told girls weren't allowed to be astronauts. In high school she was voted most likely to succeed, and went into politics in college, being accepted to both Harvard AND Yale. While in college, she was a devoted republican until concerns over the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement came about.
In 1977, Hillary co-founded Arkansas Advocates for children and families. The next year she was the first female appointed to the chair of the Legal Services Corporation, and the year after that the first female partner at a law firm.
When Bill Clinton became Governor of Arkansas, Hillary became First Lady of Arkansas, leading a task force who put out recommendations to help reform the state's public schools and she served on several corporate boards.
When Hillary was First Lady of the U.S., she tried to enact the Clinton Health Care Plan (which would have provided universal health care for all americans and would force companies to cover all of their employees), but it was unsuccessful. Many worked against her, including conservatives and the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries. She has also fought for women's rights, and at a 1995 U.N. Conference on women, stated that “...human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights”, which is what she still says to this day.
While she was still First Lady (some days before she left the position), she became the first female senator from New York, and the only First Lady to hold elective office. After 9/11, she had a leading role in investigating the health issues of those who first responded and voted to approve the war in Afghanistan.
Hillary went on to become Secretary of State under President Obama, advocating for U.S. Military intervention in Libya after a violent movement arose in the Arab countries. She also helped organize a regime against Iran in an effort to stop their nuclear program, resulting in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Agreement. Different countries, including the U.S., met with Iran to get them to dramatically reduce their uranium stockpile and reduce production of it.
Now she is running to be the first female President of the United States! If anyone woman was qualified to be President, it's her!
Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady when her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, became President of the United States. After he started being affected by polio, she stepped in to help his political career and to show how important a First Lady could be.
Eleanor was outspoken concerning human rights, children's causes, women's rights, and worked with the League of Women Voters. She was focused on helping the poor, was against racial discrimination, and traveled overseas to visit the U.S. troops during World War II.
After her husband died, she didn't have plans to continue working in public service. However, she was appointed by President Truman as a delegate to the U.N. General Assembly for 8 years. She became chair of the U.N.'s Human Rights Commission and helped to write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, what she had considered to be her greatest accomplishment.
President Kennedy reappointed her as a U.N. delegate and also appointed her to the National Advisory Committee of the Peace Corps after that. Then she became chair of the President's Commission on the Status of Women. Two different presidents chose her to stay in politics, that's how important she was!
Last but certainly not least, First Lady Michelle launched Let's Move in 2010, bringing professionals and parents together to tackle childhood obesity by providing healthier foods in schools and getting parents to involve their children in physical activity.
In that same year, she passed the School Lunch Program, which provided free or reduced cost meals to more than 21 million low income children. School districts were required to serve healthier foods like fruits and vegetables.
As a result of these measures, several stores agreed to build their stores in areas where people had low access to healthy foods. Walmart lowered the cost of fruits, vegetables and grains and vowed to eliminate trans fats from their foods. Certain restaurants have committed to improving kids menus, and lowering salt and calories in their dishes.
In 2011, Michelle and Dr Jill Biden (Vice President Joe Biden's wife) launched Joining Forces, calling for all americans to help support veterans, the military and their families by providing job opportunities and education.
Michelle also launched the Reach Higher Initiative, which exposed students to college opportunities and helped them to understand financial aid eligibility. In 2015 she launched Let Girls Learn with President Obama, an initiative to help educate and empower women all over the world, which is so drastically needed.
I think it's fair to say that no one can NOT love Michelle Obama! We need more humanitarians in this world, ones who have the power to do great things for people, like this First Lady has!