From long before our country was founded, women have been courageous in battle. Joan of Arc led French armies to several major victories. What do horses, guns and women have in common? More than you realize.
During July 4th Independence Day stories we don’t often learn the role women played in our fight for freedom. Except for Betsy Ross who sewed our first flag and she also made ammo. What do horses, guns and women have in common?
Nowadays, we forget when women were strong and gutsy. Where did our backbone and courage go? What happened to women now?
I recently heard “Generation Snowflake” used to describe 20-something women who have become so fearful that they believe a dissenting opinion can pose a serious threat. They feel that they should not have to encounter anything they disagree with.
We have become too entitled and are not standing up. We need to be courageous and strong again! Strong enough to embrace diverse opinions. Strong enough to stand up and make our voices heard. Strong enough to lead during our daily battles.
What do horses, guns and women have in common?
These Revolutionary War women were strong enough to risk their lives in battle. Although these are just a few of the many, I trust you will be inspired.
Sybil Ludington Sybil is the female Paul Revere. Sixteen year-old Sybil road horseback for 40 miles through Putnam and Dutchess counties to warn us that British troops were burning Danbury, Connecticut. She returned home safely the next day.
Nancy Hart British troops came to her & she served them wine when they demanded something to drink. Nancy then sent her daughter outside to get water & secretly alert neighbors. While serving the troops, Nancy passed their muskets out an opening in the cabin wall. When they rushed to retrieve their muskets, she said she’d kill the next man who moved – and, she did! Nancy fended off the rest until her husband returned, and she insisted the remaining troops be hanged.
Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley She was a camp follower of the Continental Army. (The camp was led by Martha Washington.) Under heavy fire from the British, her husband collapsed and was carried off the battlefield. Mary took his place at the cannon and began firing! An enemy cannonball actually went between her legs ripping her petticoats. Mary said something to the effect, “Well, that could’ve been worse,” and continued to fire.
Deborah Sampson She disguised herself as a man and signed into the Continental Army. Her identity was only discovered when she contracted brain fever. The doctor discovered “he” was a she, and took Deborah to his home for treatment. Later on, General Washington invited her to the capital where a bill was passed granting her pension and land for her service as a soldier.
“I love to see a young girl grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out & kick ass.” ~Maya Angelou
What will it take for you to grab the world by the lapels & kick ass?
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