In honor of our collab with the fabulous Gia Graham, Paper Epiphanies will be highlighting the 6 amazing women depicted in these cards during the entire month of February in a new series we call Wonder Women #GGxPE. In this series we aim to show you a side to these notable women that you might not have seen before by presenting, first, the brief biography found on the back of every #GGxPE card and, second, 10 fun facts about their careers, activism and lives. We hope you appreciate them as much as we do!
Harriet Tubman and Her 10 Fun Facts
Our next Wonder Woman is Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), an activist and a true freedom fighter. ‘Conductor’ for the Underground Railroad, Civil War spy and the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war. Harriet was a badass.
1. Tubman was born Araminta “Minty” Ross, changing her name after her marriage to John Tubman.
2. Tubman was one of nine children and spent her entire life fighting to keep her family together.
3. Tubman was sometimes referred to as Moses by those she guided in the Underground Railroad and, as a result, the song ‘Go Down Moses’ became a symbol of freedom and the fight against slavery throughout the Civil War.
4. Suffering multiple serious head wounds during her youth, Tubman was struck by visions, seizures and fainting episodes for the rest of her life, which she described as visions from God.
5. Tubman rescued around 70 slaves in thirteen separate expeditions.
6. Tubman’s second husband was 22 years younger than her and they married in 1869, adopting their child, Gertie, in 1874.
7. Despite Tubman’s outstanding service toward her country and others, she remained in poverty for most of her life, due to irregular and unfair pension following the Civil War.
8. Tubman treated Civil War soldiers as a nurse using her knowledge of herbal medicines.
9. Towards the end of her life, Tubman spent her remaining days in the home for the elderly that she had herself created several years earlier.
10. The US government is in the process of considering moving Andrew Jackson’s face from the front of the twenty dollar bill to the rear in 2020 and instead replacing it with Tubman’s face to honor her efforts posthumously. This process is being fought against by some, who claim that this is not an important enough issue to be debated at the moment.