International Women’s Day started 1911, with women seeking to get equal right for all women to be accepted and able to vote.
Women’s suffrage started in the 1800s women fighting for rights to vote, freedom of religion, moral justice and anti-slavery. The times are so much different now then back in 1900 – women were treated like they were not able being to do anything but have babies, run the farm, cook and clean.
Women have come a long way now being able to go to college, get a degree, start their own business, be a CEO or even become the first woman in Congress, like Jeannette Rankin in 1916.
We, as women, still have a few issues with men not paying women the same as men when we do the same job. Women are strong and we celebrate March as Women’s month.
When there have been wars, women have always stood tall and have filled the gap on the home front, standing behind their man.
Every housewife had to sign a pledge card, with eight million women who volunteered during World War I, to the Red Cross for all types of jobs and RN nurses in the hospitals all over the world.
During WWII, the life for women would change and never be the same. Women who worked in defense production plants were called “Rosies.” They took charge and went to the plants and shipyards to build the wartime equipment.
Rosie the Riveter was a symbol of working women since the 1940s. “We Can Do It!” There is a new bronze statue placed recently at Flint Bishop International Airport among the effigies of men who were pioneers in the auto manufacturing world.
Women are very important to our world. Abigail Adams was always reminding her husband President John Adams, “remember the ladies.”
They stood for something other than their selves – recycling, sewing things, getting the whole town involved in the war effort.
My mother was born in 1930 and was very good at this. She always wanted to not waste our natural resources and recycle everything to save our world’s climate. During the war times in our history women had taken a new role, since the men had all gone off to war and the women took over a lot of the work force.
They also had to be both mom and dad, sometimes having to take the place of the father in the home and volunteering for the war. Not only by helping raise the children but going to work to provide basic needs for the family, until the men returned from the battlefields.
Women – we need to raise up our children to be strong boys and girls to be hard workers and to be respectful of others.
Remember When is a weekly column in the Burton View featuring historical stories about the community from the Burton Area Historical Society. If you have some Burton history to share, email History.Mona@yahoo.com.