I’ve been running you all over Running P Ranch, but I saved the best for last, the cats. You already met Margaret Sanger in the first post.
Margaret followed us everywhere. Not a single person commented on the human Margaret’s contribution to history, so I thought you should know what a rich background from which these cats derived their names. Margaret Sanger died before I was old enough to be sexually active, but she changed the world of sex for women my age and younger. Many have argued whether the world is better for the change, but forever changed it is!!
“Sanger’s efforts contributed to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case which legalized contraception in the United States. Sanger is a frequent target of criticism by opponents of birth control and has also been criticized for supporting eugenics, but remains an iconic figure in the American reproductive rights movement.” Wikipedia
Sacagawea wasn’t quite so ubiquitous. She came out when we were almost ready to go home.
Pardon me for always using Wikipedia, but it also is ubiquitous. “The National American Woman Suffrage Association of the early twentieth century adopted her as a symbol of women’s worth and independence, erecting several statues and plaques in her memory, and doing much to spread the story of her accomplishments.” As I read excerpts from the diary of Lewis and Clark, I understood how she was so valuable to the party. “However, her greatest value to the mission may have been simply her presence during the arduous journey, which showed their peaceful intent. While traveling through what is now Franklin County, Washington, Clark noted, “The Indian woman confirmed those people of our friendly intentions, as no woman ever accompanies a war party of Indians in this quarter,” and, “the wife of Shabono our interpeter we find reconsiles all the Indians, as to our friendly intentions a woman with a party of men is a token of peace.”Sac. kept her distance, but she beckoned a third friend to the party, Rosa Parks.
Rosa was the prim and proper one. No one would accuse her of sitting meekly in the back of the bus, however.
“On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake‘s order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps in the twentieth century, including Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and Claudette Colvin nine months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience.
Parks’ act of defiance and the Montgomery Bus Boycott became important symbols of the modern Civil Rights Movement. She became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.” Wikipedia again.
Rosa the cat didn’t take a back seat to anyone, even Margaret Sanger.
So, do you think the cats were well named?
Scardy Kitty isn’t convinced that cats need uppity historic names. He’s proud of his name!! What do you think?