Skip to comments.Bid to name R.I. bridge for woman hits a bump
Posted on 05/27/2007 8:54:15 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
PROVIDENCE -- A female lawmaker in Rhode Island is demanding her colleagues name a bridge for an outspoken woman who helped found the state, a gesture resisted in a House chamber so dominated by men it lacked a women's bathroom until last month.
Lawmakers here routinely crank out honorifics with little fanfare, let alone debate. Not this time.
Critics of Representative Amy Rice have rewritten her bill and attempted to scuttle it over a plan to name a new bridge spanning the Sakonnet River for Anne Hutchinson, a religious dissident who led hundreds of followers to Rhode Island in 1638 after Puritan zealots banished her from Boston.
"This bill would have passed if it weren't for gender politics," fumes Rice, one of 15 women in the House of Representatives. "For women, we've come a long way . . . but apparently not far enough."
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I believe ONLY those who have given their lives in the name of FREEDOM or protecting OTHERS deserve to have assets or geographic items named after them.....i.e. soldiers, police.....NOT POLITICIANS or activists!
Sheesh. Well, I guess! This is "journalism" nowdays????
So where did the women go to the bathroom? Did they use the men’s room, or did they use the one in the Senate?
I work in a male-dominated field and I’ve never had trouble finding a bathroom.
Women like this are a disgrace. Please to not give me or anyone else accolades because we are women. Makes me SICK.
Im not sure. I imagine arrangements were made long ago; however, the article is written horribly. His choice phrase of of course in the second to last paragraph speaks volumes. That term would be appropriate for an opinion piece which this is not. The reference to the bathroom is hardly worthy of first paragraph material unless there was ample evidence that the name is being rejected specifically based on gender.
It doesn't matter. Most of them would be liberal with either designation. It's fun to watch liberals fight.
I live in a state (Washington) plagued by dozens of roads, bridges, buildings, etc., named after worthless Liberal politicians. I think it should be against the law to name anything paid for with public money with the name of a political hack. Unless the politician paid for the thing with his own personal money, it should honor the public, not the politicians.
You would expect such sexism and Neandrathal tactics from those hillbilly rednecks... Oh, wait! These are those refined, tolerant Yankees acting this way! My bad. Doesn’t fit the media template.
Anne Hutchinson was hardly a politician, political hack, or “activist” in the modern sense. She is one of the most important figures in the religious history of America.
As pathetic as my state can be, it could be worse living in Byrd-Land. What a proud people they must be naming everything down to a snail after a worthless senator.
That’s true. But she does have lots of other stuff named after her, like the Hutchinson River Parkway.
Hmmm, so Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Washington, among other places, should be renamed? There’ve been plenty of folk who’ve helped shape this nation who didn’t fall in battle (or as a copper).
I don’t believe in the woman’s gender-politics hoohaw rhetoric, but Anne Hutchinson is a person of sufficient historical stature to warrant a bridge IMHO, especially in Rhode Island.
That’s in NY. Hutchinson helped found Rhode Island. Then after her husband died, she moved to NY (Long Island).
Anne Hutchinson Memorial at Massachusetts State HouseThe statue was erected in 1922. The inscription on the marble pediment of the statue reads:
IN MEMORY OF
ANNE MARBURY HUTCHINSON
BAPTIZED AT ALFORD
20 - JULY 1595 (sic)
KILLED BY THE INDIANS
AT EAST CHESTER NEW YORK 1643
OF CIVIL LIBERTY
AND RELIGIOUS TOLERATION 
Anne Hutchinson gave her life in the name of Freedom. See my earlier post; she was an advocate of religious toleration who was murdered by Siwanoy Indians in 1643.
Anne Hutchinson was the great-great-grandmother of Thomas Hutchinson, governor of Massachusetts 1771-1774, a significant figure in the events leading to the American Revolution (he finally left the colony and died in England). At the time of the Stamp Act crisis in 1765, he was already Lieutenant Governor, and his house was destroyed by a mob. His handling of the tea tax issue in late 1773 led to the Boston Tea Party.
Okay! Items named in honor of someone who gave their life for freedom counts!!!