Then and Now, Women Still Aren’t Getting the Credit they Deserve

A Commentary from Linda McKellar, a Fort Erie, Ontario resident and regular reader of Niagara At Large

Posted March 9th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword Note from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

Linda McKellar’s comment is a reply to a commentary I wrote and posted on Niagara At Large this March 8th on International Women’s Day.

My commentary, which I admit was laced with anger, was sparked by watching live coverage this past March 5th of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announcing her decision end her campaign for the U.S. presidency.

After making her announcement, Warren, who was the last the last serious female candidate running in the 2020 presidential race, was almost moved to tears when she was asked what message her departure from the race sent to other women in the U.S., and she responded by saying; “One of the hardest parts of this is all those little girls (she met on the campaign trail) who are going to have to wait four more years.”

As I thought of those words by Warren and of her eyes turning wet as she spoke them, my mind turned inevitably to what I can only think of as the monstrous pig in the White House, and all of the disgusting things he has said about the likes of Warren, and has said and done to so many other women.

“Trump girls” side with the creepy man. They want Hillary locked up. Why do so many women take the side of misogynist men like this?

And what finally ripped the lid off for me, was the images on the cable news of all of those women – some of them in their 50s, 60s and 70s, calling themselves “Trump girls” and acting like teenyboppers seeing their idol – cheering as leads he still, more than three years later, of “lock her up” against Hillary Clinton, or calls Elizabeth Warrant “Pocahontas”, and says terrible things about other women he views as enemies of his.

Enough of that. If you haven’t yet seen or read my commentary, I will post the link to it below or you can go into your search engine and type in to find it yourself. And if you find it offensive in any way, I am sorry. Anything I say, could never compete with the creep in the White House.

I have already posted Linda McKellar’s comment below my commentary, and that is where comments to posts here usually stay.

However, McKellar has compiled quite a list of other women who have not received nearly the amount of credit and respect they deserve for their contributions. So now, before International Women’s Day 2020 falls too far away,  I thought I would post her reply commentary to my piece again, right here.

A Comment from Linda McKellar –

19th Century Underground Railroad heroine Harriet Tubman. Her face was originally scheduled to appear on paper currency in the United States by now, but the Trump administration has held that up. Apparently Trump’s base would have trouble with a black woman featured on a $20 bill – not their idea of a way to “make America great again,” or more to the point, make it white again.

I can’t ignore this topic without listing just a few women’s contributions, often credited to men.

Grace Hopper – Developed the process where computers could translate language to written code, enabling them to “talk”.

Ann Tsukamoto – Isolated stem cells.

Amelia Earhart – Aviator and explorer.

Harriet Tubman – Freedom fighter and underground railway heroine.

Marie Curie – Developed theories of radioactivity.

Marie Telkes – Developed solar power for homes.

Rosalind Franklin – Discovered the DNA double helix – two  men won the Nobel for HER discovery in 1962.

Shirley Jackson – Her research in subatomic particles enabled development of fibre optics and solar cells.

Stephanie Kwolek – (an American chemist known for inventing the heat-resistent, strong synthetic fibre) Kevlar.

Hedy Lamarr – Actress and mathematician. Developed aspects of spectrum technology during WW II to detect torpedoes. Eventually used for GPS, Bluetooth and WiFi.

Dr. Patricia Bath – Developed the use of lasers in opthamology.

Katherine Johnson – Mathematician who calculated the trajectories of rockets and the parameters necessary for reaching orbit and returning safely to earth. John Glenn refused to be be launched until she verified the numbers given by the computers.

Mary Morgan – Propellants for NASA.

I read of one woman whose husband was killed while going to the west coast of Canada in the 1800s. She gave birth and the same day built a raft to make her way with her children down a mountain river to the west coast. Her story", a very interesting book with many such stories).

The list could go on and on. Many of these accomplishments were made when education for women was frowned upon or even forbidden.

17-year-old, Swedish Greta Thunberg, at a 2019 climate action rally in Vancouver B.C.  An Alberta energy company has recently been accused of posting a video of a young girl who looks very much like Greta being raped. Many Alberta citizens who work in or support the tar sands industry have expressed their desire not to see Greta visit their province.

Women are still treated like garbage in too many nations.

Malala Yousafzi (the young woman from Pakistan and, now at 22, still youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate) was shot simply for wanting an education.

Greta Thunberg, the (now 17-year-old, Swedish) climate activist, is mocked and called “retarded”; or “;mentally ill”;.

Pay for women is often lower than for men doing equal work with equal or better education. They are overlooked for promotion.

Women are disproportionately victims of crime and domestic abuse. Remarks like Trump’s don’t help.

Perhaps some of the  greatest British monarchs were women – Elizabeth I, Victoria and Elizabeth II.

It’s a terrible crime that half of the brains in the world, who could contribute so much, are stunted by prejudice and misogyny.

Linda McKellar is a retired emergency care nurse and a resident of Fort Erie, Ontario

To read Doug Draper’s International Women’s Day commentary, click on –

Just to annoy members of Trump’s base, here is an image of the U.S. $20 bill with Harriet Tubman’s face on it. The idea to put her image on the bill was conceived (wouldn’t you know it) during the Obama administration.

To read a New York Times story on the decision to postpone any printing of a Harriet Tubman $20 bill, click on –

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