Well, it's March – the month that pays tribute to women. No, not by coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb, but by being Women's History Month. So we thought it would be a good time to pay tribute to all those responsible for creating the special historical moments that we're sure to see recounted over the next few weeks.
Bernt Balchen (Amelia Earhart's flight across the Atlantic)
Flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean is no small feat. Especially in 1932. That's why Amelia Earhart was lucky to hire Bernt Balchen as her technical advisor. This famed Norwegian American aviator didn't let the social stigma of working for a woman keep him from plotting the course for one of the most famous flights in history.
President Jimmy Carter (The Susan B. Anthony Dollar)
You can't think of the woman's suffrage movement without being impressed by the courage and foresight of President Jimmy Carter who signed the Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin Act into law in 1978. For three full years, America were forced to sit up and take notice of these coins because even though they looked like quarters, they did not work in Space Invaders arcade games.
William Gibson (That play about Helen Keller)
People don't want to see those with disabilities. Especially those afflicted with multiple challenges. It's easy to say, "let's ignore the afflicted." But William Gibson, using just his determination (and Helen Keller's autobiography) created the celebrated stage play The Miracle Worker. Now millions worldwide have heard the story of a handicapped woman and her dedicated teacher thanks to the talent and persistence of this one man.
Walter Mondale (Geraldine Ferraro's vice-presidential bid)
Although this country may never see fit to elect a woman as President, when it came to picking a Vice President, one visionary Democrat had the courage to look traditional biases in the face and ask, "Eh, why not?" Walter Mondale, the losiest Presidential contender in history was a winner when it came to selecting a running mate who would ensure he was remembered for being something other than the losiest Presidential contender in history.
John Locke (The Seneca Falls convention)
Perhaps, the greatest of all English philosophers, and certainly the leading Enlightenment thinker, Locke set forth principles of natural rights and freedoms that sent reverberations far and wide. One of the consequences? Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott now could fill up their Seneca Falls Declaration setting forth the argument for equal rights for women with ideas beyond those they had learned around the spinning wheel.
Although historians debate if these two men have ever actually met, women everywhere continue to be grateful for the contributions they have made. Phil Donahue, with little more than some moxie and hard work, created a television template that Oprah Winfrey would mimic to become one of the richest women on the planet. But in her darkest hour — the infamous "beef slander" trial of 1998 — Oprah hired the valiant Dr. Phil who stood up to bigotry and intolerance by helping her win at trial while charging her lots of money for his counseling.
President Barack Obama (Hillary Clinton's secretarial position)
Although Barack Obama is not technically a White man, we here at Indecision were struggling to find a seventh great moment in women's history, and we didn't want bigotry to get in the way of our tribute. Accordingly, even though he was able to defeat Hillary Clinton for the Presidential nomination, President Obama, stood down detractors and naysayers when he chose Clinton as his Secretary of State. Finally, the leader of the free world looked at a woman and said — for all to hear — "Yeah, okay."
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