Ordinary women with extraordinary backgrounds have a diverse lifestyle to achieve astonishing things in life. Women’s History Month pay tribute to these illustrious, ordinary women. Most ordinary women intentionally seek everyday activities and experiences that are diverse and have impactful outcomes. I am an ordinary woman with extraordinary accomplishments. I grew up in the slum area of inner-city Houston, Texas, but still had the determination and resilience to graduate high school with honors, the top 10 of my class. Thereafter, I pursued and obtained my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston. I was the first member of my entire family to attend college.
I enlisted into the military as an active duty Army soldier, truck driver (18-wheelers and 5-ton vehicles). While on active duty, I pursued and obtained my Master of Arts in Education and Doctor of Educational Leadership. After transitioning from the military, I became a Department of Defense high school physics and chemistry teacher, while obtaining a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Studies. I have a diverse educational and professional background, as an ordinary woman, accomplishing extraordinary things in life.
Oftentimes, when we think of diversity, we automatically focus on race and ethnicity; however, it’s much more. Diversity is everywhere in life, it’s like a Chameleon, taking the form of various elements. Diversity is an essential component of the constantly changing universe, along with energy, time, space, unity, relationship, and numerous other phenomena that exist in the world. It’s anything we encounter that is different from everything else – and the differences between them – is an important characteristic of diversity. This difference is what makes ordinary women who accomplish extraordinary things in life standout. Legendary, ordinary women like Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, Harriet Tubman, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton have accomplished unexpected feats through their diverse experiences like slavery, women’s suffrage, or social reform. Their stories are found in legends, myths, and history books. They are knowns as martyrs, queens, female warriors, and saints.
Typically, these women are also known as Amazon Women, artists, writers, social, and political heroes with diverse background and experiences marking Women’s History. For example, Lucy Stone was an advocate of Women’s Rights and the Anti-Slavery Movement. She taught for the Anti-Slavery Movement as an employee for the American Anti-Slavery Society. In 1852, she gave a speech at the National Woman’s Rights Convention in Syracuse, New York, which converted and influenced Susan B. Anthony to participate in the Women’s Rights Movement. Susan B. Anthony became actively involved in the suffragist and became an icon of the Woman’s Suffrage Movement. Alice Paul was a feminist, suffragist, and women’s rights activist, and one of the primary leaders and strategists of the campaign for the 19th Amendment, which forbids sex discrimination in the right to vote. Sojourner Truth, also known as Isabella, became an evangelist and the founder of a homeless shelter for women. She spoke at various church functions, both white and black, using quotes and Scriptures from the Holy Bible, speaking against slavery and for an enhanced legal status for women.
Lucretia Mott was a social reformer, U.S. Quaker, women’s rights activist, and abolitionist. She had formed the idea of reforming the position of women in society when she was amongst the Mott assisted in writing the Declaration of Sentiments during the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention. Harriet Tubman was profoundly ingrained in the Holy Bible, focused on God’s narration of delivering of the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, and it became the foundation of her faith that it was God’s will to deliver slaves in America out of their oppression, and that it was her responsibility to assist in accomplishing this. As a slave, she escaped to Canada only to return to help others escape. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a suffragist, abolitionist, social activist, and leader of the early women’s rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the Seneca Falls Convention, is often attributed to initiating the first organized women’s rights and women’s suffrage movements in the U.S. These prominent, ordinary women are role models and pioneers for future generations to feel that we too can accomplish extraordinary things in life.
I have studied the challenges and triumphs of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony and discovered commonalities in their pursuit of equality. These famous yet ordinary women desired to make a difference in their communities, to influence change. Each woman had the basic educational foundation to facilitate philosophical, emancipatory change through a critical investigation of challenging ideas, beliefs, values, and feelings and their sustaining assumptions. After discovering this, I was motivated and began to refocus my attitude and value education, something that my parents and other family members did not value. Like the aforementioned women, I encountered and overcame many challenges to obtaining my educational goals. My diverse educational background, teaching and military experiences is preparing me for an executive level, leadership position. Currently, I am the Deputy Director of Governance for the Department of Veterans Affairs, I review and write policy that implement changes in legislation to assist Veterans, their family members, and caregivers. I am an ordinary woman, making an extraordinary impact and assisting those in need.
Women’s History Month must be an essential component of America’s recognition of triumphant milestones, emphasizing how women have influenced changes in legislation and human nature by implementing assemblies, lobbying, petition drives, public speaking, and by representing nonviolent confrontation. The ordinary, infamous women that came before me fought for freedom, rights, government, employment, religion, and education equality. Due to their determination and resilience, Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, Harriet Tubman, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton successfully acquired access to these luxuries and freedoms because they never gave up and fought for the things that they believed in, similar to most ordinary women of the world who did not or will not give up on their career and educational goals.