Speech:

Speech to Judiciary Committee re: The Rights of Women

Speaker:

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Mary Ann Shadd Cary was born a free African American on October 9th, 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware. At the age of ten, her family moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania so Shadd Cary and her siblings could receive an education, a right denied to them in Delaware on account of their race. Throughout her childhood, Shadd Cary’s…  Read more.
Speech:

The Feminist Movement and the Gay Movement: How Are They Related?

Speaker:

Laurie Morton

Laurie Morton was a prominent member of the Radical Women organization based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1967, the group claims to be the oldest socialist feminist organization in existence. As a social feminist group, its members were committed to “exposing, resisting, and eliminating the inequities of women’s existence."  Read more.
Speech:

Speech at Angela Davis Rally

Speaker:

Paula Crenshaw

Angela Davis, activist, academic, author, and former political prisoner, gained global attention in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She gained widespread attention when she faced murder charges in a trial that inspired an “unprecedented political campaign waged for her release all over the world.”  Read more.
Speech:

Respecting Choice: Genital Surgery as an Option

Speaker:

Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt, a prolific innovator, musician, and one of the wealthiest transgender people in the world, was born in 1954 in Chicago and raised in a suburb of San Diego. Rothblatt went to college at UCLA where they earned an MBA and JD. After graduating from UCLA, Rothblatt met and married their second spouse, Bina.…  Read more.
Speech:

Lewis Statement on Marriage Equality

Speaker:

John Lewis

John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020) was born on his family’s farm outside of Troy, Alabama. His parents, Willie Mae and Eddie Lewis, were sharecroppers. As a child, Lewis attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama. In his memoir, Lewis wrote of encounters with racist violence and inequitable segregation during his childhood.  Read more.
Major Ruth Cheney Streeter
Speech:

Speech Before Giving Oath to Women Being Inducted into Marine Corps

Speaker:

Major Ruth Cheney Streeter

Colonel Ruth Cheney Streeter was the first Director of the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, serving from February 13, 1943 through December 7, 1945. She earned the Legion of Merit for "outstanding services" during World War II. The Marine Corps History Division credits Streeter for “[e]xercising judgment, initiative and ability.” She was also credited for…  Read more.
Belva Lockwood
Speech:

Speech Before the Southern Exposition of Louisville

Speaker:

Belva A. Lockwood

Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood laid the groundwork for women’s future successes in law and politics. She was the first woman attorney permitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court and one of the first women to run for president of the United States. Her tireless work on behalf of women attorneys, women's suffrage, labor,…  Read more.
Rosalyn Carter
Speech:

Remarks of the First Lady at the Gridiron Dinner

Speaker:

Rosalynn Carter

First Lady Rosalynn Carter used her influence to expand the role of first lady. With the potential to be the “most active First Lady in decades,” Carter lobbied for the Equal Rights Amendment and mental health programs, and she also encouraged Americans to volunteer for those in need, supported government aid for the elderly, and…  Read more.
Betty Ford
Speech:

Remarks Before Participants in Homemaking and Identity Conference

Speaker:

Betty Ford

Described as a “groundbreaking First Lady,” Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Boomer Ford is remembered as an advocate for women’s rights, specifically her work on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). During her time as first lady (1974-1977), Ford used her personal experiences to spread awareness on a variety of issues, including substance abuse, breast cancer, and her…  Read more.
Gloria Steinem
Speech:

Speech to Naval Academy

Speaker:

Gloria Steinem / Dorothy Pitman Hughes

By 1972, Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes had toured together for two years as a dynamic speaking duo, lecturing on the Women’s Liberation movement. The interracial pair hoped to galvanize grassroots support for the movement and to help establish feminism as intersectional and mainstream. On May 4, 1972, however, the pair faced an audience…  Read more.