All you need to do is refuse to move to the back of a public transportation conveyance, and suddenly, 50 years later, the government will install a life-size statue immortalizing your paradigm-shifting action in Capitol Hill’s Statuary Hall.
Well, if you are Rosa Parks, that will happen. The civil rights icon is set to become the first African-American woman to be enshrined in Capitol Hill’s gallery of honor later this year, and TakePart believes she needs a few more women in there—11 more—to keep her company.
It is true that nine American women are currently enshrined in the Statuary Hall—led by Helen Keller—but that is a small fraction of the standing number of males. How long must we wait before women of accomplishment are better represented?
It’s easy to find suitable companions for the exalted Ms. Parks. After all, U.S. history is studded with women who have given their lives and their genius to improve the lot of the nation at large, and who have yet to be fittingly credited for their contributions.
Click through for a roundup of 11 women who have made the push for American progress—from instituting child labor laws to guaranteeing our social security checks—but still don’t have any commemorative copper to show for it.