“Standing on the Shoulders” by Joyce Johnson Rouse aka Earth Mama

Joyce Johnson Rouse, aka Earth Mama, is a songwriter, composer, and singer. She uses her music to promote good environmental stewardship. She grew up on a farm near Cresco, Iowa. Rouse earned a Master of Arts in Earth Literacy, and also studied Music and Theater.

Rouse wrote and performed “Standing on the Shoulders” for the 75th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in 1995  to celebrate a milestone of democracy, women’s right to vote. Her song commemorates women’s strength and courage and their contribution to the progress of mankind. She also calls for women to stay strong to help those who follow their suits in the future.

“Hero” by Mariah Carey

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1. Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I a Woman?”

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2. Gertrude Bustill Mossell, “A Lofty Study,” 1894.

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3. Frances Harper, “We are all Bound up Together,” 1866.

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4. Mary Church Terrell, “Woman Suffrage and the 15th Amendment,” 1915.

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