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Posted: May 7, 2010 7:30 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Regarding “Are you kidding?” (The Signal, April 23), I would like to share some additional information about the 2010 Women in History program.

We democratically selected iconic female images this year. They never claimed to be real women. True history includes cultural images based upon accepted symbols that make us uniquely American.

These icons represent values we want any student to learn: a nurturing and loving attitude towards others and the environment; patriotism; respect for truth, justice and honor; confidence; a “We Can Do It” attitude; the ability to envision a career and pursue it; the importance of family, friends and an extended family that includes different ethnicities and challenges; liberty; domestic confidence and a sense of self-worth.

These are desirable ideals for our children.

Mother Nature, symbolized in every human culture, encouraged students to respect today’s world and leave behind a better one.

Wonder Woman symbolized a peaceful, truthful and patriotic attitude. As the first female comic book heroine, she was based on Greek mythology. She battled evil using truth and self-defense, never offense.

Rosie the Riveter told the students about 20 million women workers who helped win World War II. They also changed the face of American labor.

Barbie, created by a woman for her daughter, is now more physically realistic. She represents every ethnicity, has had more than 120 different careers, respects the family and has a group of diverse friends.

Lady Liberty reminded students of the values and ideals that created America.

Betty Crocker gave women tools to feed their families healthy diets, survive with wartime rations and become good homemakers.

We are proud of presenting strong female role models to the students in our community for 23 years, and look forward to researching and presenting a new group of women next year.


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