Women’s Connections to Our National Parks

Hailey Minard, Journalist

Many people like to talk about the national parks and how they are like the multidimensional story of the United States, with all of its wealth of history and nature.  But, many people don’t realize the amount of women’s experience that is hidden in the national parks. There aren’t many documented contributions that are recognized in the U.S. history, many stories about women may be unformillular to people. 

Back in the day, women weren’t treated equal to men. Women didn’t have the possibility to learn in school, vote, own property, and many more common abilities that men had. Because of this, when a woman did something that was “unlady-like”, it would cause a commotion with people. Many men treated women as just a possession, not a real person that had a mind to learn and speak, not just have the ability to birth a child and clean the house, while the men were busy at their job. 

In Women’s Rights National Park, a lady named Elizabeth Cady Stanton, felt that she was a “caged lioness” in her household. Elizabeth went to Quaker abolitionists to share her frustrations. Stantion’s group held the first women’s convention in American history. Elizabeth and many other women changed the way women were looked upon. 

Another woman who helped change America’s history was Ruby Nell Bridges Hall. Ruby, at six years old, was the first African American child to stop segregation in William Frantz Elementary school in New Orleans. Bridges helped continue the Civil Rights movement. Ruby and many other women helped with the Civil Rights movement and many other movements.