• March: Women’s Ingenuity

    As we celebrate Women’s History month, it is a time for Emily’s list to shine.  More women than ever before are planning to run for public office.  Women’s Marches have made a mark on history.  And women’s involvement in politics should change the balance of power within Washington.

    When children study history, how many textbooks will show how women can take their dreams and turn these into reality?

    We all learned of Marie Curie, whose discovery of radium would one day play a major role in cancer treatment.  But few of us learned about women inventors — although we were all familiar with the phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  But few of us learned of Mary Kies, the first woman to receive a patent in 1809 for her method of weaving straw.

    And there was Dr. Gertrude Elion, the first woman elected to the Inventors Hall of Fame in 1991 for her anticancer drug discovery. In the 19th century women patented inventions ranging from potato boilers to ambulances that could transport the injured comfortably.

    It would take years before women who include Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, and Gloria Steinem would turn the world upside down and, with the women’s movement, open new doors for our daughters in the workforce.

    In some ways, the new frontier is politics. Emily’s list is a way to support and encourage women to become a major part of the dialogue in our government.


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