Trailblazers and Groundbreaking Women

     Many were jailed for their beliefs and activities. Women trailblazers were seen to be violating the natural order, the way "everyone" knew things were supposed to be.  They persevered against odds that should have been seen as overwhelming - - and they triumphed. 

     A Chief Justice, a hijabi, an attorney and an entrepreneur, these women inspired others to achieve goals previously unattained by women. Their leadership qualities of negotiating, listening, and a belief in their own power take on a stronger role in the world today. Their actions are changing the ideas of what strong leadership actually is. 

     Sandra Day O'Conner made history and broke new ground for women when she was sworn in as the first female justice on the Supreme Court. She was a key swing vote in many important cases and wrote the majority opinion for Mississippi Women vs. Hogan.  As a judge, she developed a reputation for being firm but just. She retired 24 years later in 2006 but didn't slow down. She launched iCivics, an online civics education venture aimed at middle school students. She once said " We have a complex system of government, you have to teach it to every generation"

     Halima Aden, a 19 year old Somali-American, wanted to compete for Miss Minnesota USA and didn't let the fact that she is a hijabi, a muslim women who wears a hijab, stop her.  For the swimsuit competition she wore a full body embroidered burkini, a type of modest swimwear made for hijabi's. "Beauty isn't one-size-fits-all," she says. "If I can find different ways to spread that message, I will".  She has also become one of the top models in the country and is on the road to becoming a globe trekking model.  Every time she steps on a runway, she breaks molds and tears down barriers.

     Gloria Allred is an American Civil Rights lawyer who is noted for taking high-profile and often controversial cases--she has been mostly involved with cases involving the protection of women's rights. Her legal career has spanned four decades representing a wide variety of clients in civil rights suites that have involved sexual harassment, women's rights, wrongful termination and employment discrimination.

Madam C.J. Walker created specialized hair products for African-American hair in 1905 and was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. Also a civil rights activist, in 1917, Madam C.J. Walker was part of a delegation that traveled to the White House to Petition President Woodrow Wilson to make lynching a federal crime.

     We must always appreciate and look to the women of the world. Women have a passion and drive that pushes them to make thoughtful and powerful differences in the society. We will conquer all we that we aim to if we maintain the belief that we are capable of anything


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Quote to take with you for the week:

"If I was breaking a rule its because I thought the rule didn't make any sense". 

Shonda Rhimes - American Television Producer, Screenwriter and Author




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