It's hard to make change happen without ruffling a few feathers. We have put together a list of women who were not afraid to stand up for what they believe, and who in the process made a real difference in American politics and activism.
A leader in the pivotal feminist movement of the late 1960s, Gloria Steinem is well-known as an advocate and political activist. As a journalist, she worked to bring women's liberation to mainstream American culture.
In 2005, along with Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan, Steinem founded the Women's Media Center, an organization dedicated to making "women visible and powerful in the media." She continues to travel the world giving lectures on issues of justice and equality.
The 1960s gave rise to another female activist, Angela Davis. Davis was the controversial leader of the Communist Party USA. Her work focused on bringing down the prison-industrial complex by founding an organization called Critical Resistance.
Davis was arrested for conspiracy to commit murder when guns she had purchased were used in a courtroom takeover where a judge was killed. President Nixon called Davis a 'dangerous terrorist' when she was captured, but she was soon released after a nationwide movement demanded her freedom.
One of the most iconic American folk singers of all time, Joan Baez found fame with her protest songs about social justice, releasing more than 30 albums throughout the course of her career.
As a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., Baez participated in a number of civil rights demonstrations throughout the 1960s. Her version of We Shall Overcome became a staple in political demonstrations. Baez herself became a symbol of non-violence and peaceful protest during the a very turbulent time.
Nina Simone started her singing career as a student of mostly classical music, but she eventually added jazz, blues, and R&B to her sound. By the time the 1960s rolled around, she used her fame to address racial inequality. Her song 'Mississippi Goddam,' which addressed the murder of black children living in the south, was banned in some southern states.
After that, civil rights became a part of both her songs and live performances. Beyond just singing and playing the piano, Simone also spoke at a number of rallies and even advocated violent revolution during the period.
As an outspoken advocate for both immigrant and women's rights, Dolores Huerta has dedicated her career to fighting against inequality. She has been arrested 22 times for her non-violent civil disobedience rallies.
Huerta stood beside Robert F. Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1968 and was beaten by San Francisco police officers during a legal protest in 1988. She has continuously and non-violently put herself in harm's way to improve the lives of others and continues to advocate through the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
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The GOP is having a pretty stressful year. After struggling to name a successor for Speaker of the House John Boehner, establishment Republicans can only watch as Donald Trump continues to dominate the polls and headlines.
It looks like Trump has a very good chance at securing the Republican nomination, so now the GOP is bracing itself for the scenario. A leaked memo, penned by NRSC Executive Director Ward Baker, suggests members of the Republican Party adopt some of Trump's techniques that have resonated with conservative voters.
"The place is Cleveland, Ohio. The date is July 21, 2016 and Donald Trump has just accepted the nomination of the Republican Party to be its nominee for President of the United States." -Ward Baker
Baker claims that "Trump has risen because voters see him as authentic, independent, direct, and firm." Other tips suggest mimicking Trump's clothing style and use of Twitter.
The memo begins with imagining Trump being sworn in as the Republican nominee and urges party members to support Trump if he does end up getting the most votes. The memo states that Republicans must understand the changing political climate and react to it appropriately.
Baker also warns against mimicking everything about Trump's candidacy, saying that statements disparaging women shouldn't be emulated. For a full look at the confidential memo, click here!
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While the United States has yet to elect a female President, world history is full of powerful female leaders.
From Europe to Asia to the Middle East, there are a plenty of women who have beaten the odds and climbed to the highest office in their respective lands.
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Despite his in-your-face attitude and political incorrectness, Donald Trump's been hard to bring down for other GOP contenders. For all his controversial remarks, Trump seems almost impossible to top in the race for the Republican nomination.
Now, Trump's health is being brought into question. The mystery behind the candidate's medical background has caused some to question if he is physically fit for the highly demanding and stressful job of being Commander-In-Chief.
Trump responded to the criticism as he usually does, with a tweet:
As a presidential candidate, I have instructed my long-time doctor to issue, within two weeks, a full medical report-it will show perfection— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2015
The tweet came only three hours after Politico published a story suggesting Trump was withholding his medical information. Trump has previously talked about his lack of regular exercise and described his diet as consisting of whatever he wants.
Other candidates such as Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie have already released their medical records, which is typical protocol during a presidential campaign.
If elected, Trump would be 70 years old when sworn into office, making him the oldest President in American history.