This painting is dedicated to the courageous women who went before us and did what they said we couldn’t do, who went where we weren’t permitted, who spoke when we were told to be silent. This is for the women who suffered to make way for those of us who came behind them. It’s for the suffragettes who were beaten, arrested, and rejected by their families so that I would be given the right to vote. It for those who had to work hundred times harder than a man for that first medical degree, first pilots license, first directors chair, first senate seat.
Thank you to the women who have shown courage under fire, who have persevered, taken the hits and made the path a little easier. We can take courage in your example.
Just a few that have paved the way:
Mary Kies–First woman to receive a U.S. patent. 1809
Victoria Woodhull–First woman to run for President on the Equal Rights Party ticket. 1872 Women couldn’t even vote at that time.
Jeanette Rankin–The first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. 1916-
Raymonde de Laroche– First woman to receive a pilot’s license.1910
Amelia Earhart–The first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane. 1928
Valentina Tereshkova– First woman in space. 1963
Shirley Chisholm–First black woman to serve in the House of Representatives. 1968
Janet Guthrie –The first woman to drive in the Indy 500. 1977
Margaret Thatcher-First woman Prime Minister of Great Britain. 1979
Sandra Day O’Connor— First woman on the supreme court. 1981
Illeana Ros-Lehtinen–The first female, Hispanic and Cuban American to be elected to Congress. 1989
Carol Moseley Braun– The first African American woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. 1992
Kathryn Bigelow— The first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director. 2010
Hillary Clinton–First woman to be nominated by a major a party for president of the USA. 2016