A Mrs. G. Social Inquiry

Author Wally Lamb asked an interesting question on Facebook yesterday that Mrs. G. immediately thought she should share here.

If they were to carve out a Mt Rushmore with women's profiles, who would you choose?

Interesting thought, right? What do you think?

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Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony.

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

Madame Curie, Mother Theresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B Anthony, Florence Nightengale

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkate in MI

Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart

Present (like my own fantasy football team):
Betty Ford, Toni Morrison, Georgia O'Keefe, Joni Mitchell and Lucille Ball

January 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterMrs. G.

Jane Austen, Amelia Earheart, Queen Elizabeth II, and Roberta Bondar.

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteralison

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Margaret Sanger, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams. I'm assuming this is an American monument, of course.
What a great question!

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGreen Girl in Wisconsin

And apparently I forgot there are only 4 faces on Mt. Rushmore. Oh well.

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkate in MI

Those faces are so large, they are grotesque. Therefore, someone I wouldn't mind looking scary. Let's see - Helena Bonham-Carter in her role as Bellatrix, Glenn Close in her role of Cruella DaVille, and...I can't think of anyone else.

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersuburbancorrespondent

Susan B. Anthony, Betty Friedan, Rosie the Riviter. ( I know she isn't a real person, but she is the icon of the women's contribution to WWII) and Eleanor Roosevelt.

More modern: Oprah Winfrey, Mother Teresa, and. Miya Angelo

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlbug

Harriet Tubman
Susan B. Anthony
Eleanor Roosevelt

What sets these women beyond great pioneers like Amelia Earhart, Sandra Day O'Connor and Barbara Jordan is that each was associated with a nationally formative endeavor that, arguably, might not have succeeded without her:

Documented exploration of a continent
The Underground Railroad and abolition of slavery
Women's suffrage
Public service and Social Security

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSungmanitu

I'll cast another vote for Eleanor Roosevelt, along with Rosa Parks, Clara Barton, and Emily Dickinson to represent the arts, although she might not be pleased to have her face on a mountain.

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatience

Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony, Eleanor Rosevelt

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie in AZ

What a great question - I "googled" great women and I could not believe the lists of wonderful women out there - women that I had not thought of in years. It was good to be reminded of all of the contributions that we have made over the years, all of us from the scientist , writer, musician, civil rights activist, religious leader, wife ,mother and caring human being.
This is one of the reasons that I love this place, you all make me think,feel and love.

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Other Kay

Golly it's hard to decide. I think, since it's Mount Rushmore, I'd narrow it down to American women, despite the fact that women of other nationalities are also deserving. I'd go with Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Susan B Anthony and....maybe a more modern American woman politician. How about Barbara Jordan?

January 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Snow

Coretta Scott King, Jane Addams, Sacagawea, and Sandra Day O'Connor.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Not being American I don't perhaps know enough about deserving American women.
I do however like the idea of the Crazy Horse Memorial. (controversy and cultural issues aside)

I would love to see Mt Rushmore...iconic. Great monuments say a lot about us as a people and a civilization.
It all does however remind me of one of my favourite poems.


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah J

Clearly, the Women's Colony will need a Hall of Women, devoted to all of the women who have impacted our society.

My picks- Harriett Tubman, Florence Nightengale, Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt. It's hard to choose just four, though.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelley

My first thought was Eleanor Roosevelt, and I agree that all the women mentioned deserve a monument. But I'm going to take a DEEP breath and throw in my very different opinion. Discussion welcome but no yelling, please.

I prefer to hope that none of these women would want to be on Mt. Rushmore. Instead I hope they would agree that what is really important is a heartfelt apology to the Lakota Souix for defacing their sacred ground in the first place.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBriget

There are too many to pick just 4. So I'm going to side with Briget.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGail

HILLARY. In 2025, just after she finishes her second term in office :)

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergary Rith

Briget--Pilamaya'ye, winyan. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I struggled with this one when I saw the prompt. In the end, I decided that no one wanted to hear from me about how it feels to see the faces of those men carved into Paha Sapa, the sacred heart of our Mother, into her her body and bones.

I'd honor the women I suggested, but not by mutilating mountains.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSungmanitu

I apologize for being ignorant of Paha Sapa and the sacred space that is now a tourist site. I really had no idea -- they didn't teach me that in American History. I was more interested in the notion of how many more famous men we are aware of (and especially how familiar we are with their countenances in comparison to women of note). I had to Google many of the women I was considering because I wasn't sure what they looked like. They weren't the historical figures served up regularly and imprinted on/in my memory.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. G.

And thank you for enlightening me.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. G.

Heather, I didn't know either until I read Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog. Very enlightening book. I had a great history teacher in high school though (come to think of it, Mrs. Leibich deserves a monument herself!) She told us all about how the Native Americans were used and betrayed by the incoming white settlers and U.S. Army. She also Walked her Walk - she was endlessly knitting. Scarves, hats, mittens. She sent all of it to reservations out West.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBriget

Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Sandra Day O'Connor and Hilary Clinton (if she's elected president--we can save this one for last).

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenn @ Juggling Life

There's this place called Grey Cloud Island, Minnesota. You could look it up. It's a peninsula in the Mississippi river near Minneapolis and St. Paul. For nearly four hundred years, men and women from the Sioux nations, refugees from tribes farther east, northern Ojibwes, descendants of the mound builders from the Ohio River Valley, Mississipean culture offshoots, Black Robes from France, Scots, English, Swedes, Norwegians, the Irish, Bohemians, and the shivering descendants of African slaves have lived there and--well--done what comes naturally. Fell in love and made babies, mostly. Avoided getting shot or hanged when hell regularly broke loose.

When living in the past was no longer an option, they found a new way to be. They're still doing it. The island has been a summer stop for tribes, a village, a trading post, a reservation, an enclave, a bad neighborhood. Recently, a golf course has sprung up on its shores. Go figure.

I'm telling this story here for two reasons. First, my father was born there, as were his folks, and theirs. Second, Grey Cloud was a woman. One of millions, I suspect, who have lived similar lives on islands and peninsulas and mountain valleys and bad neighborhoods all over the world since the beginning of time. We're all descended from one. Some of us may be one. We're probably the mothers and grandmothers of many more.

They are great women. They deserve monuments. I say this colony is one.

January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSungmanitu

I had no idea Mt Rushmore was sacred ground; thank you Bridget and Sungmanitu for the teaching moment. And Sungmanitu, AMEN.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

Sungmanitu, HUGE HUG! Thank you for telling us about Grey Cloud; woman and place. And you're right - this Colony is a very special place!

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBriget

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