Wednesday Weigh-In: Bachmann and Schlafly Lovefest Edition

bachmann and shlaflyWe can’t be too surprised that Michele Bachmann is gaga for anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly, but to contend that the woman who has made her very career trying to destroy gender equality is the most important woman in the country? Well, that’s definitely saying a lot about Bachmann’s politics. At a Tea Party event last month, Bachmann said:

[Shlafly] is my heroine and my example as a forerunner…She truly is the mother of the modern conservative movement. I think she is the most important woman in the United States in the last one hundred years. Whatever Phyllis Schlafly says, it’s important that we listen, because she’s there on every issue, on every front. She is our hero, our heroine, our stalwart and I absolutely adore her. So God Bless you, my dear mentor and the person I hope to be some day.

I loved Think Progress’ response to this by giving Bachmann ten women more important than Schlafly who have actually contributed to American history in a meaningful way. So with that being said, we’d like to continue that list for our Wednesday Weigh-In:

What women do you think have made a serious impact on this country? How can we uplift the incredible women who have made America a better place to live, but aren’t credited for their important work? Who inspires you?

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  • http://feministing.com/members/tecolata/ Carol

    The Think Progress list pretty much sticks with politcs and public life, not women who were influential in arts and sciences. But I can still add Dolores Huerta, farm labor organizer. Mildred Loving, who with her husband challenged successfully the legal ban on interracial marriage, and who later endorsed marriage equality for same sex couples.

  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    I would say abolitionist, First Wave Feminist, and Quaker Lucretia Mott. She became a Quaker minister, co-founded the American Anti-Slavery Society with her husband, then participated in the Seneca Falls Convention.

    As for uplift, that’s very complicated. Partially it requires someone who knows how to write well and to tell a story. Anyone can report the facts of any situation or of a person’s life, but for some reason we learn much better when what we are to take in is found in the form of a story. And then it depends more than it should be on whether or not it strikes a chord with the proper person or people.

    What inspires me? Sincerity, authenticity, and vulnerability.

  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ toongrrl

    I think the Most Important Women in the past 20th Century and 21st Century was:
    Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Mae West, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mary McLeod Bethune, Rosie the Riveter, Katherine Hepburn, Amelia Earhart, Ladybird Johnson, Rachel Carson, Rosa Parks, Robin Morgan, Coretta Scott King, Bella Abzug, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Molly Ivins, Dolores Huerta, Gloria Estefan, Gloria Steinem, Cyndi Lauper, Molly Haskell, Geraldine Ferraro, and Trina Robbins.
    Ohhh that picture scares me
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNTEnzsRP00&feature=related

  • http://feministing.com/members/bailey/ Bailey

    I’m reading Gail Collins’ “When Everything Changed” (it is painful reading the history of 2nd wave feminist when it’s not a feminist writing it, but whatever). And I am in LOVE with the stories of some of the first female members of Congress, most of whom were only given the position because their elected husbands had died. Martha Griffiths took her husband’s position and made it her own though, and she was awesome. Women in Congress fought tooth and nail for policy that equalized gender without fear of losing votes or pissing men off. Their stories vindicate my unforgiving brand of feminism :)

  • davenj

    The Grimke Sisters, both in terms of questions 1 & 3. Talking about them without reservation is the way to make sure more people know about them.

  • http://feministing.com/members/skjaere/ Molly Driftwood

    So many great women to choose from! I’m gonna have to nominate Miss Manners (Judith Martin) for tirelessly promoting civility with wit and style, and without ever saying a hateful word of anyone.

    Also, Tamora Pierce for her kick-ass, sex-positive YA heroines!

  • http://feministing.com/members/palemoon/ Jenna

    To me especially?

    Elizabeth Blackwell, first US woman to earn her MD, and opened two medical schools exclusively for women, one in London and one in the US.

  • http://feministing.com/members/stroud109/ Stephanie

    Some of my heroes include: Rachel Simmons, for her work mapping and fostering a positive culture where girls can succeed. Laurel Corona, for her thoughtful women-based historical fiction. And Toni Morrison, for her culturally reflective litrarary brilliance.