"A person cannot be a true American and not believe in equal rights."
Letter to President Dwight D. Eisenhower from Teenager Dana Anderson Regarding Equal Rights, 09/29/1957
“The independent girl is a person before whose wrath only the most rash dare stand, and, they, it must be confessed, with much fear and trembling.”
Does this line call out to your eternally 14-year old heart? It’s from a handwritten essay by future-First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, written shortly before her 15th birthday. “The Independent Girl,” penned on January 31, 1890, reveals Lou’s own vivacious and independent spirit.
In the conclusion, Lou seems to channel the future that awaits her as the partner of 31st President Herbert Hoover. She proclaims that the independent girl will sooner or later “meet a spirit equally as independent as her own…and with combined strength go forth to meet the world.”
Go forth, girls.