30 Things To Learn From Badass Historical Moms

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Listen to your mama. She knows best

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Who can we thank for awarding women the right to vote in American elections? Phoebe Ensminger Burn. Don’t feel badly if you’ve never heard of her. She’s not as lauded as she probably should be. However, to her son she was the deciding factor that pushed him toward voting for the 19th amendment. Who was her son? Harry Burn, a Tennessean representative who was the youngest man to serve in the state legislature. On the day he was set to vote, having been fully in the anti-suffrage camp, Harry opened a letter from his mother that encouraged him to let women have their part. When Harry followed her advise and received some pretty harsh backlash for his change of opinion, he said, “I know that a mother’s advice is always safest for her boy to follow.” Score points in the badass mama plus column!

This totally reminds us of the Nia Vardalos line, “The man may be the head of the household. But the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head whichever way she pleases.”

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