by The Human Rights Campaign
"American women of every race, creed and ethnic background helped found and build our Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways ... As leaders in public affairs, American women not only worked to secure their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity but also were principal advocates in the abolitionist, temperance, mental health reform, industrial labor and social reform movements, as well as the modern civil rights movement." --Presidential proclamation, 1982.
As we look back and celebrate, we at HRC also look forward and acknowledge these women who stand for the American ideals noted above. They are facing tough elections in November, and all stand for equality for all, including LGBT Americans.