Women's Month

March 5th: Mary Edwards Walker

Mary Edwards Walker was an American physician born in 1832.

Mary was raised by open-minded free thinkers who helped her become an independent, determined woman from a young age. Mary went to college, which was very rare for women in that time. She graduated as the only woman in her class! She lived a life of firsts,¿and even in her time, she was known for her oddities and not her accomplishments. During the Civil War, after a lot of hard work, she became a surgeon, who treated the wounded. She bravely went wherever the help was needed, even if it meant crossing enemy lines!¿

After the war, she became the only woman to win the highest military award, the Medal of Honor. When asked about it, Mary said she won the award because she was the only doctor brave enough to cross enemy lines. She said
"Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom."

Later, she focused on fighting for woman's¿right to vote. She also spoke up about the restricting styles of woman's fashion, which was very impractical then. Mary Edwards Walker never gave up, even with all the injustice of her time. we should learn from her to be determined, and brave. Mary reminds us all that women can do anything!

March 3:Lozen

We implore you to educate yourself on the struggles and injustices that were inflicted on the Native People of the land that we populate. With that in mind we want to introduce you to a kick butt Apache Warrior named Lozen.

She was born in the 1800 during a time during the time of war for the Apache. We don’t know what her birth name was but Lozen means “dexterous horse thief”. Names are not given to you they are earned which means that Lozen stole a great number of horses from her enemy. Along with being a horse thief she was a warrior, clairvoyant, medicine women and midwife. This time is history is dominated by the war of the US government exterminating the native people. The Apaches were not different. As the battles were fought there was a brave woman who stood and led the frontline taking care of and fighting for her people. Her brother, Bidu-ya, is quoted to have said that "Lozen is my right hand... strong as a man, braver than most, and cunning in strategy. Lozen is a shield to her people."

Lozen passed away in a concentration camp of Tuberculosis but not before being a woman who has left her legacy that all young women should know about.

History class is dominated with stories of males in history and we should ask ourselves why the stories of a brave women like Lozen are not included. The legends of Lozen were passed through oral storytelling from one generation to another because it was known the importance of her story. It’s time we ask ourselves why stories like Lozen’s are left out of our history books. 


March 2: Claudette Colvin

Everyone has heard the story of Rosa Parks but have you heard of Claudette Colvin? 9 months before Rosa Parks made her famous protest, which led to the Montgomery bus boycott, Claudette refused to give up her seat to a white person. She was just 15 years old on that fateful day; March 2, 1955. Refusing to give up her seat she stated,  "It's my constitutional right to sit here as much as that lady. I paid my fare, it's my constitutional right." She felt the power of all leaders before her holding her in her seat. 

She went to jail terrified because she knew what happened to blacks in white mans jail. NAACP considered taking on her case however Claudette became pregnant shortly afterwards. Due to her age and situation, they felt she was not a good representative for their cause. Something they felt would be better represented with Rosa Parks. 

Because of the attention her life was not easy. A young women who at the age of 15 years of age stood up in a world we can only imagine deserves credit for her role. Claudette Colvin, through her clear understanding of her rights, even against the smog of vile racism, was a wall-breaker; an often unacknowledged champion who made it possible for others to succeed after her, through her defiant effort to dream, believe and fight for what’s right.

“I knew then and I know now that, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, 'This is not right.” -- Claudette Colvin

March 1: Pussy Riot

  

Can you imagine spending years in jail, and endless humiliating abuses at the hand of your own country, just for playing music to protest sexism? Members of the feminist Punk Rock band Pussy Riot continue to endure exactly that, as they use art and music to speak truth to power.


Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk rock band/artist collective best known for staging and filming defiant performances in public locations and sharing the footage online in protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Shortly after emerging to international fame during the 2011-12 Russian protests, three of the band members were arrested, convicted and sentenced to prison terms on charges of hooliganism for their unauthorized performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in February 2012.


SheofStrength.com kicks off our Women’s Month by featuring Pussy Riot to emphasize one glaring reality:  In a largely sexist world; just defending your existence, and what is normal for you as a woman, is intensely political. Speaking your truth is protest. To realize her full self; a women must become both citizen and resistor.


Pussy Riot emerged from a radical feminist punk movement, staging numerous illegal protest actions, including concerts, to oppose uniquely Russian oppression of women, LGBTQ Russians and ethnic minorities. However, because of the pervasiveness of these oppressions everywhere, Pussy Riot has generously spread their music, message and their model of defiant, punk protest across the globe. 


“What do you want your world to look like? What do you want it to be? Do you know a wall has two sides? And nobody is free?”


Pussy Riot -- Make America Great Again lyrics

Pussy Riot: Make America Great Again