We believe that each woman we chose was able to relate to the ideals of true womanhood. They either stayed true to the ideals, or completely went against them. In this presentation we will discuss each woman’s life, and the accomplishments they made to make them relevant even to this day.
Eleanor Roosevelt broke an earlier cardinal rule for the ideal woman, which was to never speak your opinions about religion. Anne Hutchinson learned that the hard way.
Roosevelt did not think that Catholic schools should receive any kind of state funding, and had a long-standing public feud with a particular priest in the Catholic church on that issue. (Youngs, 2000)
Although she had children, she was not one to stay home and clean the house.
Roosevelt traveled all over the world spreading the word of the New Deal plan for her husband because she felt passionate about the cause.
Even after her husband’s death she was still a prominent speaker, politician, author and activist. She was also a delegate for the U.N. General Assembly, and fought for human rights up until the end (Macleish, 1975).
Mia Hamm started the Mia Hamm Foundation for funding for more women’s sports and activities, but also for cord blood transplants and bone marrow transfusions. Her brother, Garrett, died of complications with aplastic anemia. Mia Hamm is signed up to be a bone marrow donor to honor her brother.
Remained loyal to the slave community; even when she had reached her freedom she did not forsake “her people”.
Maintained a humble and compassionate heart towards the people in the South even after her success in the Northern states and involvement with important people like the abolitionist John Brown (who advocated to end slavery).
All of the women we chose went against the normal “true womanhood” ideals of their time. They were trendsetters and are looked up to today for their accomplishments. They will be remembered for many generations to come.