London, UK - Statue of Boudicca; Boston, MA - Statue of Anne Hutchinson
A little closer to home, the Anne Hutchinson statue in Boston, Massachusetts was built to honor the bravery of Anne Hutchinson, a woman who was willing to express her own religious beliefs and challenge the sexisism that held her to a subsmissive role. This led to her being banished from the community of Puritan Massachusetts, where she then moved to the colony that is now known as Portsmouth, Rhode Island only to be killed by the Native Americans known as the Siwanoy alongside most of her children.
Judith was the young Hebrew woman who stood up on behalf of her people at Bethulia when an army arrived to conquer the land. Using her wits and beauty, Judith maneuvered her way to Holofernes, the leader of the mercenaries, and beheaded him in his sleep. This lead to her peole rising up and taking back their land and Judith heralded as a hero.
What these historic women alongside Judith have in common, outside of just being women, is the fact that they were all willing to fight and stand up for themselves. Boudicca may have fought out of revenge, but it has to be noticed that at the end of the day, she was a queen of a tribe who wasn’t expected by the Romans to violently retaliate the way she did. Anne Hutchinson, while looked at as an advocate for women as well as religious freedom, was actually none of the sort. She was a woman who spoke her mind and kept to her guns. This doesn’t lessen her impact, however, as simply being a courageous woman with no fear of retribution was practically a sin in her time. This leads to the question, however, of whether or not Anne Hutchinson’s actions are more impactful than Judith’s or Boudicca’s simply because her message was more explicit. Again, Anne was not a direct advocate for women’s rights, but she embodied the spirit of female empowerment better than the other two. While one can easily interpret both Judith’s and Boudicca’s stories as encouraging for women, Anne’s does not need to be interpreted, just simply understood. This explicivity does not lessen the impact of the others, however, but rather that it caps it off. Think of it like a flier for a product, one will notice the large bold print first before reading the smaller print below it, but that doesn’t mean that the smaller print is any less important. Anne Hutchinson is that bold print, Boudicca and Judith are the smaller, yet still as important, smaller text. Or better yet think of it as a group project where everyone is working on the same subject, but there is one dedicated speaker for the group. Just because there is one speaking for the others doesn’t make the work that the rest of the group did mean any less.
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