Women educators have played an indispensable role in helping us understand our humanity and the globe around us, often with a passion for specific interests. Prudence Crandall and Charlotte Hawkins Brown advocated for African Americans to receive equal education and Helen Keller used her life experience to become a staunch advocate for the blind. More recently Sally Ride implemented specialized programs to get girls involved in science and math and Temple Grandin shared innovative ideas on autism and animal treatment. These examples are barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amount of information offered by the following group of stalwart thinkers.
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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that she isn't running for president in 2020 and refused to take a DNA test to confirm her Native American heritage claim, saying “I never used it for anything.” President Trump has repeatedly referred to Warren as “Pocahontas.”
The Association for Library Service to Children stripped Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from the "Laura Ingalls Wilder Award" due to the author’s portrayal of Native Americans in her "Little House on the Prairie" books. The award is for authors whose work has impacted kids’ lit.
Former First Lady Laura Bush described a policy splitting up families who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexican border as cruel, immoral and heart breaking in the Washington Post. A spokesperson for Melania Trump said she "hates to see children separated from their families."
Amelia Boynton Robinson was a civil rights pioneer who championed voting rights for African Americans. She was brutally beaten for helping to lead a 1965 civil rights march, which became known as Bloody Sunday and drew national attention to the Civil Rights Movement. She was also the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama.