“A woman’s place is in the resistance.”
Stubborn people are my favourite. Stubborn people get stuff done, stubborn people relentlessly stand firm in what they believe in, they’ve been ruffling feathers since the dawn of time and without their tenacious ways, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we enjoy today.
This is an ode to the stubborn women who have gone before us.
It is always astounding when women put their asses on the line to ensure justice for their community.
On December 1st, 1955 Rosa Parks did just this by refusing to move it.
In a time of horrific racial segregation in America, Rosa peacefully protested by refusing to stand up for a white person on a bus in Alabama.
She just said “No.”
But that No became so much more; it became a beacon of light to a nation of people who were tired of being kicked around, tired of being abused, tired of being treated like second class citizens.
Rosa became an overnight symbol to the African American people and inspired thousands to protest their own oppression peacefully and earnt the name “The first lady of civil rights.”
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; know what must be done does away with fear.”- Rosa Parks
What right cause would you stand up for if you were not afraid?
Julia Ward Howe
You may have never heard of Julia Ward Howe, but you have her stubborn ways to thank for securing your right to vote (As a woman). Although born into affluence and high class New York society, Julia didn’t seem much interested in taking her place as her husbands child bearing, fan waving shadow. Much to everyone’s despair, Julia dedicated much of her life and writing’s to challenging the traditional views of marriage, war, violence and motherhood. She even tried (unsuccessfully) to get the date of Mothers Day changed to July 4th in solidarity to those suffering for War; men, mothers and wives alike. She was also the founder and president of the Association of American Women which advocated for women’s education and co-led the American Women Suffrage Association with Lucy Stone. She also wrote some very tongue in cheek poems critiquing her own sect of society and her struggles with her own marriage. Thanks for ruffling more than a few feathers Julia, we are forever grateful!
“ Arise then women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be of water or of tears! Say firmly: ‘We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands will not come to us reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.” – Julia Ward Howe’s Mothers Day Proclamation (excerpt)
What would you want your children or the generation after you to thank you for?
Its a tough gig being in politics lets alone being a woman in politics. Maggie is known by many for blazing the trail for woman aspiring to make a difference in one of most male dominated careers in the world. Not only did Margaret Thatcher become the first female British Prime Minister in 1979, but she is also the longest serving British prime minister of the 20th century. Known for her tenacity, her signature hair-do and her stubborn pursuit of a fairer outcome for the working class of Britain, opinions about her amongst the public even today are polarized between love and hate. But none can deny that she got stuff done! Elected during one of the most tumultuous times in Britain’s political history, she implemented a free market economy where many big players had the monopoly, she ended the Trade Union war which threatened to decimate Britain’s economy, she lowered inflation, introduced housing schemes to renters could afford to purchase their own home and played a key part in ending the Cold War! What a badass! Maggie made many enemies by being stubborn about what she thought to be right, even surviving an assassination attempt in 1983. Maggie is a shining light to any woman out there who dares to dream big and doesn’t give a damn what anyone else thinks!
“If you want something said, ask a man, if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher
What dream would you pursue if you knew you could reach it?
So ladies, lets keep running the stubborn race for what matters most to us. Let us remember that these women were just normal women like you and like me, they were not especially talented, or amongst the most powerful in their time. They were women who stubbornly pursued what they thought to be right in their everyday worlds and that is how they made history. What issues in the world today need a Rosa, a Maggie or a Julia?
Because that is us.
We were created for such a time as this.