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Spirit of Justice: Women’s History Month

By Bob Millikan

We are celebrating women’s history this month by highlighting the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Women’s History Month is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8.

Susan B. Anthony

It seems very appropriate to start with Susan B. Anthony. She was a pivotal player in the women’s suffrage movement and in facilitating the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote in 1920.

Harriet Tubman

The Spirit of Justice team would also like to highlight Harriet Tubman “Moses of her people” was an instrumental player in the Underground Railroad helping more than 70 people to safety over her 13 trips to the south. This statue “The Journey to Freedom” statue has been touring the United States, helping to celebrate her 200th birthday.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka the notorious RBG, was a supreme court justice that fought for gender equity and women’s rights.  She was known for the saying“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” 

Maya Angelou

performer, and social activist.  Her most famous book, I know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), was on The NY Times best seller list for two years. It is an autobiographical look into her early life dealing with trauma, racism and women’s lives in a male dominated society.  I think her spirit is best summed up by by her famous quote “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The Maya Angelou Quarter is the first coin in the American Women Quarters™ Program.