As we near the 4th of July celebration, I offer this reminder of the part we girls played in the struggle for our nation’s independence.
Case in point – Sybil Ludington, the 16 year-old daughter of a New York militia officer, was with her family on the night of April 26, 1777, when word reached her house that the British were burning the town of Danbury, CT, where munitions and supplies for the entire region were stored.
With permission from her father, Sybil leapt on her horse and rode more than 40 miles to summon volunteer militia to repel the British raid. Not only was it a big undertaking for a teenage girl, she rode TWICE as far as Paul Revere did on his famous ride!
In 2000, Betty Dukes, then a Wal-Mart employee and still a very courageous woman, brought a suit against the retail giant, claiming discrimination. By the time the suit got to the Supreme Court in 2011, it had grown to include a million plaintiffs. On June 20 of last year, the nation’s highest court threw the case out, stating basically that while the plaintiffs may have been discriminated against, their cases were too dissimilar to be heard as one giant case.
I imagine there will be just as many dissimilar feelings about this case among the readers of this blog. But there is one thing I think we can all agree on: watching our system of justice at work is like watching a finely choreographed ballet. You and I may or may not like the way the dance ends, but watching it unfold is fascinating.
In other news … tune in to this Wednesday’s broadcast of Women Warriors Blog Talk Radio, where I’ll be chatting with other women warriors about courage, being chosen for great things, and why hair just isn’t that important!