This February and March, we reflect on Black History as well as Women’s History. Both groups have had unique but arduous journeys to equality, and we’re not quite there yet.
The United States is an incredibly unique nation, founded on democratic principles yet rooted in oppression. From abolishing the ⅗ compromise in 1868 to the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913, we have a long history of trying to undo the wrongs of the past. Driven men and women across states, cultures, and races have come together to dedicate their lives to improving social and civil liberties for generations to come. This is the power of the American people!
Why History Matters
Whether or not we were personally present at different points in our country’s history, the shape of its development affects our institutions, social norms, and cultural viewpoints. Our country’s strong judicial system; the founding principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and our diverse cultures create the foundation for progress.
Spotlight: Mary McLeod Bethune (July 10, 1875–May 18, 1955) was an African-American woman who started out in a sharecropping family in South Carolina. Throughout her life, she championed African-American education, establishing educational institutions and dedicating her efforts to improving the opportunities for African-Americans and women everywhere.
Everyone Plays a Part
Black History Month was established in 1970 and Women’s History Month followed a decade after in 1981. Both months were meant to recognize the individual and collective achievements of underserved populations that excelled despite major obstacles.
These achievements haven’t stopped. Every day, uniquely hard-working Americans work multiple jobs, educate themselves, start businesses, help their communities, and make America better.
Spotlight: African-American women have long been a compelling force behind improving voter representation. Modern-day voting rights activist Stacey Abrams is the latest in a long line of voting advocates, including Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Coralie Franklin Cook, Ida B. Wells, Anna Julia Cooper, Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, and many more.
Vote in the Primaries This May
Take to the polls this May to vote for a truly and uniquely qualified judge that paves the way for future generations. Judge Dumas is not only an African-American woman, she’s a highly intelligent judicial authority with two decades in Civil, Criminal, and Family Courts. She’s impartial, fair, and incredibly tuned in to her communities.
Help Judge Dumas represent Pennsylvania in the Commonwealth Court in 2021! Register to vote or learn more about voting here.