Name: Donnell Hicks
Title: A Woman’s Worth
Ever since the dawn of humans two million years ago, women have been the cornerstone of keeping the households down for their husbands by taking care of the children, cooking, and making certain the household is flowing smoothly. During slavery and years following slavery, women were simply maids or cooks. Over the last 100 years, women have shown the strength and courage to withstand hardships. Women worked in factories alongside men, or were found handling their duties showing patriotism during the Revolutionary War, WWI, WWII, and the Civil Rights Movement of the fifties and sixties.
In ancient Egypt, women were beautiful Egyptian queens with power, finesse, and strength. Beginning with Egyptian queens such as Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Ashanti, and Queen Hasphut, they were radiant amid their glory. They were also intelligent enough to counteract their male foes during love and war. For example, Joan of Arc, a French queen disguised herself as a male warrior to help her country defeat the radicals from England. Later on, Joan of Arc was executed and later recognized as a martyr for the country of France.
From the ancient Egyptian queens in Africa to Joan of Arc, to the great queens of England, no other woman became brave enough to fight for women rights which would allow every woman in America to speak against oppression than our very own, Susan B. Anthony; she fought for the rights of every woman to have women vote in state and local elections. Susan B. Anthony started a national movement to protect women against workplace violence - a movement in the power of a woman’s worth. Then, Amelia Earhart who became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, gave women and little girls hope, faith, and a chance to accomplish their dreams sixty years following her mysterious disappearance.
Afterwards, Angela Davis a former Black Panther and political activist was imprisoned for several years during the late sixties into the early seventies. Angela Davis stood against the bigotry, the intolerance, and the racism of the Jim Crow-era. Angela Davis fought for equal rights for all African-Americans - man or woman. Angela Davis defended what was right and shut down what was wrong in America; that is civil liberty for all African-Americans.
In the entertainment industry, African-American women broke the colored barriers beginning with actress Sara Vaughn becoming the first woman to be in films; blues and jazz singers Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald; the first African-American woman who became an aviator, Bessie Coleman; entrepreneur Madame CJ Walker; legendary singer/actress Lena Horne; actress Cicely Tyson; Motown singer Diana Ross; gospel singer Mahalia Jackson; Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm; and Oprah Winfrey and Civil Rights activists Dorothy Heights, Coretta Scott-King, and Rosa Parks. Every last woman who was mentioned brought respect, humility, and honor gracefully to make a way for all women and little girls in society to accomplish the title of being a woman’s worth. The inspiration and hope these women with finesse gave to every woman and little girls in the 21st century are truly cherished right now today.