Stand tall to be heard!
As I look back at my life and study in depth the plight of women throughout history, I also pause to ask myself:
How can we, as a Democratic nation, treat a large segment of our most honorable and deserving people as second class citizens?
Think about it!
Throughout American history women have heroically embraced a myriad of opportunities to lead by example although being held back by a male dominated society. Women like Harriett Tubman and Ida B. Wells are examples of those who stood tall in US history and faced death & adversity but did not succumb to the backward mentality of their day. Further, I think of the women of the 20th and 21st Centuries who stand firmly on their shoulders while assuming leadership roles in politics, business, and education. Dr. W. E. B. DuBois said, "stand tall to be heard" and today women are stepping out from under the dark shadows of male dominance to assume their rightful place in society.
"You've come a long way baby" was a phrase used in 1970 television commercials to set the tone for a women's movement that clearly served as a great divide between past and present.
No longer would women accept being absent in history books; be denied well deserved leadership positions; remain silent while advocating for better and brighter days ahead; be viewed merely as lower paid nonessential employees. NOW women will command well deserved jobs with equal pay in such fields as education, healthcare, politics and corporations.
Where do we go from here?
I see a bright future!
Dr. J. A. DULA
Retired Teacher & Black History Educator
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