Celebrating Women Who Fought For Equal Rights

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Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group


Women's Rights in 1917On July 27th as part of the Occoquan River Festival a new memorial will be dedicated to the 150 plus women who were imprisoned for their battle for fair and equal rights in Northern Virginia.

 

How appropriate in an election year that the Turning Point Plaza will be dedicated at Occoquan Regional Park at 10am.  Not far from the sight where the Plaza is located is what remains of the  complex where these women were housed in deplorable conditions.  

The first parade to bring recognition to the women’s rights movement took place in Washington DC on March 9, 1913 with over 5000 participants marching on Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration day.  In 1917 the first women arrested in our area arrived at the prison complex..  It has been reported that they were physically abused and made to live in filthy conditions.  It was the action of these women between 1916 and 1920 helped bring about the 19th amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area have been instrumental in the creation of this memorial, but they have a larger vision, a brick wall memorial to all women imprisoned for the suffrage movement, as well as a place to honor all women that have fought for women's rights.  So make sure you take a moment on Sunday July 27th to stop by for this event.  It is a time to once again remember how far we have come as a country and how a few dedicated women made a big difference in the lives of all of us today.

 

 

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Wow. What a wonderful memorial. It still amazes me when I hear people discussing politics and someone casually says they didn't vote. Especially if they are a woman. How can you not want to exercise that right? What a great reminder. Thanks for this blog and the heads up on my blog.

Jul 23, 2008 09:38 AM #1
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Rich Dansereau
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What a fantastic memorial to commemorate some of the bravest in our country's history to have fought for equal rights. There should be more memorial around the country to commemorate the suffrage movement. I hope you can get some pics of the event and the memorial to share!

Jul 23, 2008 09:40 AM #2
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Lisa Hill
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I guess your area has a lot of history, doesn't it? This is a great idea for a festival. If you're going, I hope you bring us lots of pictures =)

Jul 23, 2008 09:41 AM #3
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Cindy Jones
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Pamela-thanks for making the trip over to my blog.  My mom was born in 1917 and what she accomplished and has seen in her lifetime has always amazed me.  The women who marched on DC and those around the country were the true "womens libbers" not the ones that came along in the 60's!

Jul 23, 2008 12:14 PM #4
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Rich-I'm sure there are or will be other memorials to commemerate this important part of our history.  I'll be sure to get some pictures to share of the entire Festival.

Jul 23, 2008 12:15 PM #5
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Lisa-you are right history is around just about every corner in our area.  Some of it where you least expect to find it.  I've had fun finding some of the small out of the way things that visitor might miss.  This memorial will be one of them.

Jul 23, 2008 12:17 PM #6
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Kate Elim
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Hi Cindy...My mom was born in 1917 also.  Boy, was she rooting for Hillary Clinton.

Please give us "womens libbers" from the 60's a little tiny bit of credit. 

Yes, it amazes me what the women back in the early years of the last century went through to make life so much better for all of us.  However, I do think much good came out of the more recent movement also.  If only many of the younger women today had a real appreciation of what went before them.

I was up in Connecticut last week and haven't caught up on my newspaper reading.  I hope there was something in the Fredericksburg paper about this. 

Thanks for sharing.

Kate

Jul 23, 2008 01:46 PM #7
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Kate-didn't mean the comment about the women's libbers of the 60's as a slam :-)  I was in HS then and my mom pushed me not to sit back when it came to going against the grain.  I was the FIRST female drum major for our high school band and I was the first female acolyte in our Methodist Church.  My mom herself did some pretty amazing things as the youngest of 5 from a small farm town, including putting herself through college in the early 30's. 

Opps I realized now reading your comment that my mom was born in 1915!

 

Jul 23, 2008 10:39 PM #8
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Kate Elim
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Hi Cindy...Got you covered, my dad was born in 1915.

I was serious when I said a tiny bit.  We certainly did not have to do what those before us did.  They went thought much more than we did.  I admire them tremendously.  They do not get the recognition they deserve. 

Thank goodness we did not live at that time.  It would have driven me crazy.  It was bad enough when we were younger. 

Cindy, when I got my driving license I signed up for auto mechanics because I wanted to know a little bit about cars (spark plugs, fan belts, etc.) and my high school would not allow it.  They never had a girl in that class.  They put me in woodworking instead.  I did make a nice table using pegs instead of nails.  Pretty cool.  Always wished I knew more about cars but none of that would probably help me now anyway.

Kate

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I guess part of the reason to have Hillary Clinton highlight one night of the Democratic Convention is to stress that "women have finally arrived" in politics. Give me a breat....women have been very much a part of politics since they began....and should continue for the future. I do think that women do not get a lot of credit for their accomplishments in many circles and this is too bad.

The recently retired Dean of the Law School at Stanford University was a most talented woman. My son, while in Law School there, got to know her well, as we did. Condi Rice is another example, and so it goes.

So, good thoughts by you, and keep it up. Take care and best wishes,

Ron Largent   Keller Williams Realty in Redding, CA

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