Cast a vote for inclusion and substance in the Hall of Famous Missourians

10/13/2013 5:33 PM

10/13/2013 11:57 PM

Rush Limbaugh, the pushback is on its way.

A not-quite-famous-enough woman and a slew of her online supporters are organizing.

Recall last year, when the induction of the talk radio host into the Hall of Famous Missourians set tempers aflame. Limbaugh’s bronze bust made it into the hall in the state Capitol under the old rules for choosing nominees: by the decree of the House speaker.

A far more equitable method is being employed this year. Public suggestions were taken to round out a list of 10 nominees, and members of the public have until Oct. 31 to

vote online

for the person they wish to induct.

The Missouri Women’s Political Caucus is pushing the nomination of Virginia Minor, the plaintiff in an 1874 U.S. Supreme Court case seeking the right to vote for women.

The caucus hopes to increase the number of women honored. Currently, only seven of the 41 people honored are women.

Minor lost her case, which argued that the 14th Amendment (equal protection) gave women the right to vote. Minor is less widely known, but some of her activism to secure the vote for women predated the efforts of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

A year ago, it was Limbaugh’s crude on-air name-calling of women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke that irked so many people. But he shouldn’t have been considered in the first place because he is still living. The hall ought to be reserved for people whose life work and contributions can be fairly assessed in totality.

And it is deplorable that so few women have been inducted. Another popular female choice among the 10 nominees is former Missouri House Rep. Sue Shear, whose 26 years in office accomplished much on behalf of women and children. She died in 1998.

Otherwise, remember that a big difference exists between those who contributed to the state in a way that made Missouri a better place, and those who are famous for other endeavors and were simply born here.

Minor was born in Virginia but spent the most significant portions of her life in St. Louis.

“I’d rather accentuate the positive than the negative in this state,” said Barb Womack, chairwoman of the Missouri Women’s Political Caucus. “People who were real contributors in a really positive way.”

Vote for that.

Ballot online

To vote, go to

House.mo.gov.

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