By: Ashley Rosser
In 1776, while the United States was fighting for independence against Great Britain, Abigail Adams wrote the words that will forever be ingrained in the feminism movement, "Remember the ladies," almost 240 years later. Women make up 23.7 percent of Congress and 26 percent of the U.S. Senate. While these numbers seem underwhelming, it's an improvement.
When Michelle Obama became the first lady, her circle of influence expanded exponentially. She was able to take something she was passionate about and turn it into a national program that would benefit over 328 million people. While, in some cases, females are not elected to office, they still have tremendous influence and the potential to accomplish programs on a national level.
Kay Granger started her career by being a teacher and businesswoman and flourished into the first female mayor of Fort Worth. As her expectations grew, she defeated Hugh Palmer, becoming the first Republican female to represent Texas in the U.S. House of representatives. As her popularity grew, she wrote her first book, "What's Right About America, Celebrating Our Nation's Values." While climbing the ranks of the house of representatives, she served as Conference Vice-Chair. She has previously served as Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations. She also sits on the United States House Committee on Appropriations's Subcommittee on Defense and Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Subcommittee.
As seen in this document, "Remember the ladies" has been an appropriate statement from the 1770s through today. As time went on, women have earned the right to vote, own land, demand equal pay regardless of gender, and be represented in governmental levels from local city councils to presidential candidates. Women have excelled in all levels of government and currently have national and worldwide influence.
Abigail Adams was right. "Remember the ladies" will forever be appropriate in American culture.