On Columbus Day, 5 Women Who Deserve a National Holiday More Than He Does

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Every year, the federal government officially recognizes 10 holidays. The inclusion of Columbus Day amongst them has long been controversial, due largely to Columbus's habit of systematically murdering and maiming the Indians he met — he was fond of making his Native American captives wear their own severed hands as necklaces, for example, and forcing their children into sex slavery. Also, he didn't discover America.

Equally notable, though, is that of the three individuals honored by their own federal holiday, none are women. These five women all did worlds of good for their country, and we’d argue that they’re more deserving of federal holidays than Columbus.

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