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    Here at Smart Women Company HQ, we've been thinking about women who have gone before us to pave the way - women who fought hard for our right to vote. Here are just a few of the women who inspire us daily to campaign for our rights and to take politics personally! 

    1. Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (born in 1832)
    Dr Mary was a true revolutionary.  Not only was she the second woman in US history to become a licensed doctor, she was an abolitionistdecorated war surgeon, and gender-equality activist. In a bold move for her time Dr. Mary wore trousers and a jacket to her wedding and kept her own last name. 

    2. Alice Paul, 1885-1977
    Alice Paul: feminist, suffragette, and all-around smart woman. She spent half a century of her life serving as the leader of the National Women's Party. Her tireless activism resulted in several major victories for the women's equality movement, including the addition of women as a group which should be free from discrimination to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

    3. Ida B. Wells, 1862-1931 
    Ida B. Wells grew up witnessing both gender-based and racial injustices and inequality. Deciding to do something about it, she spent her life campaigning for human rights for all, including a women's right to vote. 

     

    If you want to get inspired to let your voice be heard, our summer movie recommendation is Suffragettes- a beautiful film set in 1912 depicting the suffragette movement in England. Check out the trailer here! 

    Who did we miss? Leave a comment below to share the names of women who inspire you to be politically active! 

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    • Kelly Pratt says...

      Thank you for this post! Another film to watch is IRON JAWED ANGELS about Alice Paul and American Women’s Suffrage.
      It was in that film that I first learned that my birthday is Women’s Equality Day!! Funny, I don’t remember learning anything about that in school! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGyB3tV9kU0

      American women won the vote on 26 August 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment. We haven’t even been able to vote for 100 years… my grandmother couldn’t vote!
      Now is the time to bring back the ERA! If anyone remembers what that even is…

      http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/women-equality-day

      On July 14, 2016

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