March is supposedly Women’s History Month, but the media are keeping it a secret. February was Black History Month and throughout February there were articles dealing with black issues and honoring Martin Luther King. And rightly so. They were pertinent and deserved publicity.
But what about Women’s History Month? When I was a child, the only female listed in the index of my history book was Barbara Fritchie and her flag. It was strictly a man’s world and women just didn’t count. Women were nonentities.
At one time in our nation’s history, they did not have the legal right to vote, own property or earn their own wages — or even to own their own children if there was a dispute.
After the Civil War. black men were given the right to vote (supposedly). It wasn’t until 1920 that black and white women also got the vote. Many suffragists devoted their lives to working for the cause. Susan B. Anthony was, without a doubt, a great leader at that time, crisscrossing the country on speaking engagements, frequently facing jeers and abuse. Perhaps there should be a Susan B. Anthony Day.
GERTRUDE H. CHASENS