She was never verbally or physically threatened or restrained. But at age 19, Nina Van Harn felt like she couldn’t say no when she was expected to marry a man chosen by her family. And she is not alone in her experience. In a two-year period, it’s estimated that there were 3,000 such forced marriage cases in the United States. Special correspondent Gayle Tzemach Lemmon reports.
An eight year old bride in Yemen died from internal injuries on her wedding night, bleeding to death after deep vaginal tearing caused by sex with her 40 year old husband. ... A February 2009 law set the minimum age for marriage at 17, but it was repealed after some conservative lawmakers called it un-Islamic.
Elizabeth Packard was locked up in a state insane asylum in Illinois from 1860-1863 for disagreeing with her husband over religion, child rearing, family finances, and the issue of slavery. Jury declared her falsely imprisoned, and she was released in 1863. In a series of publications and public speeches, she campaigned for changes to laws and conditions in asylums. (This happened to women not infrequently. rw)
While these are women who have made great strides in life, I really don't like people telling me who my role models should be. I can pick and choose the role models I like provided they are modeling something I want to do. Since I have no desire to be a scientist, I'll just admire them, k?
Every time someone says we don’t need feminism anymore, things like this come to mind. Due to insufficient dowry this young girl’s husband lacerated her face with a razor blade. (Gwalior - India, photo by Adrian Fisk)