We might as well expect to grow trees from leaves as hope to build up a civilization or a manhood without taking into consideration our women and the home life made by themLet our girls feel that we expect something more of them than that they merely look pretty and appear well in society. Teach them that there is a race with special needs which they and only they can help; that the world needs and is already asking for their trained, efficient forces.

Anna Julia Cooper

A Voice from the South, p. 86 – 87 eds. Charles Lemert and Esme Bahn.

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No shade. I can imagine that Muva Rosebud is working very hard to build her empire, but you know what I mean. There are just not enough images of women doing otherwise in popular media to counteract the stereotypical images of women only being useful in-and-so-far-as they are sexual objects. But maybe that’s simply too much to ask of popular culture.