But first they have to get over being shy, ashamed or scared. Meet 3 women who decided to fight back.
Pissed Off Women Can Change The World
CANDACE LIGHTNER vs. drunk drivers
On May 3, 1980, Candace Lightner’s 13-year-old daughter, Cari, was killed by a male driver who was drunk and who fled the scene. This was not the driver’s first alcohol-driven accident or arrest; nevertheless, police officers predicted he would probably receive a mere slap on the wrist in court. Enraged, Lightner declared war on drunk drivers.
Quiting her job and using her savings to create Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Lightner became a leading social activist. Her accomplishments included new anti-drunk driving legislation both in individual states and nationally, and raising the national legal drinking age to 21. She also put an end to the “boys will be boys” attitude that had been the usual courtroom attitude to drunk drivers. Today, MADD is an international movement with 400 chapters around the world and over 2 million members.
LEIGH CORFMAN vs. Roy Moore, sexual predator
Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for an Alabama Senate seat, has been accused of molesting 5 women when they were teenagers. Leigh Corfman, his youngest accuser, claims she was only 14 in 1979, when Moore, then 32, initiated their brief encounters at his home. Corfman was left feeling guilty and ashamed, so she never told her mom or the police about it.
But as years went by, shame and guilt turned into rage. When she learned about the Washington Post investigation into Moore’s abusive behavior, Corfman was ready to talk. The resultant furor may well change the December 2017 Alabama election. It may also help shrink the number of prominent men and government officials everywhere who think they can get away with sexual abuse.
ASHLEY BENNETT vs. Republican legislator John Carman, who mocked women protesters
When the nation-wide, 1-million-plus Women’s March protesting Donald Trump’s election took place in January 2017, New Jersey Republican county legislator John Carman posted a meme with this message: “Will the women’s protest be over in time for them to cook dinner?”
Ashley Bennett, one of his constituents, was furious. She said “…elected officials shouldn’t be on social media mocking and belittling people who are expressing their concerns about their community and the nation.” Then she took things one step further. Although she was completely inexperienced in politics, she decided to run for office. On November 7, 2017, Ashley Bennett ran for John Carman’s seat on the Atlantic County Board of Freeholders, and won! That should teach Mr. Carman to show a little more respect.
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. CONTACT:
Drunk Driving Nonprofits
• SafeRide America Inc.
• Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center
• Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Sexual Abuse Nonprofits
• National Center Domestic and Sexual Violence
• Just Detention International, Inc.
Women in Politics Nonprofits
• She Should Run
• National Women’s Political Caucus
• Emily’s List
FOR MORE INFORMATION
• daillykos.com - Basis for article
• washingtonpost.com - Original news story of sexual abuse
• biography.com - Bio of the woman who created MADD
• drunkdrivingstats.org - Stats about drunk drivers