Rosa Parks ignited the Civil Rights Movement. And it wasn't just about her refusal to sit in the back of the bus. She organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Black women were taking the bus to work and getting raped - they decided to organize a boycott with Rosa at the helm. Rosa was working as a secretary for the NAACP and her husband was a civil rights activist. She approached the Black ministers (including Martin Luther King) about participating but they decided NOT to join the boycott.
It was a huge success - the Civil Rights Movement was born and it was born by women. But it was time for the men to muscle in and take over the movement now that it had momentum. That's why I love this picture. It's one of the only pictures of Rosa at a rally. I wonder what she was thinking. She had to be happy that the movement was off the ground but it also had to burn a bit.
Rosa Parks single-handedly changed the world. She is a feminist icon and we honor her.
How amazing would it have been if black women ran with Civil Rights and ultimately joined the feminist movement? Talk about female liberation. We underestimate just how powerful we are and how much we have to give the world.