As we close out Women’s History Month, we would like to recognize the heroes—or “sheroes”— often left out of the “women’s movement.” Women who are pro-life and pro-sexual- sanity deserve accolades for bucking the trend of what it means to be pro-woman. Young girls and women also need high-caliber role models…who better than women dedicated to the truth about human life, sexuality, and happiness?
Here are WSFT’s five “unsung heroes” of the pro-woman movement:
- Norma McCorvey was the infamous “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case banning state restrictions on abortion. Years later, after having her baby at the center of the controversy, McCorvey revealed that she had been misled by her attorneys into becoming the plaintiff in the case. Before she passed away earlier this year, McCorvey worked for pro-life organizations and spoke out against the law bearing her name.
- Nellie Grey was a lawyer for the federal government before organizing the first March for Life in 1974, the year after Roe v. Wade became law. Due to decades of her devoted service, the March is now the longest-running and the largest pro-life demonstration anywhere in the world. Today, hundreds of thousands of people across the country come to Washington, DC annually to March for Life.
- Dawn Eden was a music journalist living a lifestyle of serial hook-ups and rock n’roll before a religious experience led her to choose celibacy. Her book The Thrill of the Chaste explained why a thirty-something woman would forgo casual sex until she could achieve meaningful and permanent unity and love. Though Eden’s book is religious in nature, her story is one that women of all faiths or no faith can appreciate.
- Valerie Huber is the President of the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA), which supports evidence-based abstinence education programs for teens. Huber meets regularly with Members of Congress to advocate for programs that help students make choices that will benefit them and their relationships for the rest of their lives. Huber has also extensively researched the history of sex education and how pro-birth control, pro-sexual-experimentation education took hold in public schools. She is frequently interviewed about teen sexual health in the media, and offers the alternatives of love and commitment to a lifestyle of sexual experimentation for teens.
- Wendy Shalit published A Return To Modesty in 1999, while still in her early twenties. Shalit saw firsthand how the “hookup culture” was digging its roots in college campuses to the detriment of young single women. The book attracted controversy from the mainstream media, but thousands of women were encouraged to learn that they were not alone in seeing the damage caused by sexual revolution—and in their desire to restore the “lost virtues” of modesty, sexual restraint, and romantic hope.
Photo credit for Norma McCorvey: HazteOir.org