I am so glad that President Carter proclaimed the week of March 8, 1980, as the first National Women’s History week and Congress expanded the week into a month.
I am so proud that this week in Washington, D.C., we had the unveiling of the Mother of Civil Rights, Rosa Parks. Mary McLeod Bethune is located in a city park facing Abraham Lincoln.
In 1997, statues of Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton — all suffragists — were sent to the Rotunda.
The contribution of black women was missing.
A bust of Sojourner Truth displayed in the capitol was the first, and we give credit to Sen. Hillary Clinton and Rep. Shelia J. Lee, and now we have Rosa Parks as the second in the Capitol Statuary Hall.
We often wonder why statues of women are scarce; and when it comes to women of color, almost invisible.
Women of achievement can and must be memorialized in statues, named buildings, paintings and photos.
The current list includes Mary McLeod Bethune, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Later, California will erect a statue of Maya Angelou and Ruby Bridges.
Let’s get busy to honor all women.
Charlye Heggins, Denton