The amazing women who came before us

TODAY is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we are honoring all the inspirational women who came before us! If it wasn't for their sacrifices, this country would not be what it is today.

Here's a short list of some of the influential women leaders who are a big part of Florida's history:

  • Betty Castor, Florida's first female cabinet member.
  • Carrie Meek, first African-American woman to be elected to the Florida Senate.
  • JoAnn Hardin Morgan, the first woman placed in a senior managerial position at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Marjorie Carr, was the first female wildlife technician for the Federal government.
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a famous environmental activist and popular author.
  • Jacqueline Cochran, first woman to break the sound barrier and first civilian woman to win a Distinguished Service Medal.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Growing up, my grandmother was the first woman to go to college in our family. After graduating, she became a public school teacher, worked on the Adlai Stevenson campaign, and became principal of her local school. My mother, also a public school teacher, campaigned for Obama and advocated heavily for environment and labor issues.

It is important to remember these women—because even in the United States in 2018—liberties and freedoms can be taken for granted. These women who came before us helped pave the way for everything we now have. The least we can do is honor and thank them.

If you believe we need more women leaders in the House, please take a moment to donate to our campaign to win this District: Contribute and help us build momentum by donating $5, $25, $50, or any amount you can spare.

Thank you for stepping up so we can change this broken political system!

Emma Collum