Tianna Rosa Women’s History Oppression, determination, and undeniable strength have all characterized women’s history in the U.S. In the past, the ideal woman was obedient, nurturing, and typically an all-around stepford wife. It was women such as Susan B. Anthony, Jane Addams, Jane Austin, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey who rearranged the status quo of society’s expectations for women. Many women were imperative within the feminist movement; however, one in particular upped the ante by testing the right of women to vote. She was arrested two weeks later. After being tried and convicted of violating the voting laws, Susan B. Anthony succeeded in her refusal to pay the fine. From then on she campaigned for a federal woman suffrage amendment through the National Woman Suffrage Association (1869-90) and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (1890-1906) and by lecturing throughout the country. Although Anthony did not live to see the result of her hard work to win the right to vote for women, the establishment of the 19th amendment is thanks to her efforts. Women’s rights have truly evolved, but it is argued that there is still work to do. Librarian Heidi Truax holds that opinion “Yes, there is still work that needs to be done starting with equal representation in positions in power, in government, in business, and equitable pay,” she said. According to General Accountability Office (GAO), the weekly earnings of full-time working women were about three-fourths of men's during 2001. If women have truly evolved, then why does the media persistently tell women to perfect themselves? The Media Awareness Network says, “Images of female bodies are everywhere. Women—and their body parts—sell everything from food to cars. Popular film and television actresses are becoming younger, taller and thinner.” Poet Maya Angelou had exemplified in her poem “Phenomenal Woman” that there is more to beauty then being a size 2. “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size. But when I start to tell them, they think I'm telling lies,” Angelou writes. When asked to define a “phenomenal woman,” Senior Monee Langworthy said, “An ideal woman keeps her head high. She doesn’t change her standards or goals for anyone.” “A ‘phenomenal woman’ is one that doesn’t let gender get in her way, she knows what she wants to do and she is compassionate about what she does,” added Social Worker Susan Hickey. Most students view this “prodigious woman” as their mothers. “She sets a good example and she wants what’s best for me, and she is a hard worker,” stated Senior Maggie Mitoraj.