Abraham Lincoln accused of being sexist

Everyone has to be careful what they say on social media these days. The Internet has an incredible memory and if you’ve said anything offensive in the past, you should probably delete it. On the other end of the spectrum, there are fearless individuals who are blatantly offensive even during their presidential inaugural addresses.

Evidence has surfaced in the form of the Veteran Affairs’ motto to suggest that former President Abraham Lincoln is sexist. The motto reads:

“To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”

These immortal words became the VA motto in 1959 and allegedly affirmed the government’s obligation to care for those injured during the war and to provide for the families of those who perished on the battlefield.

Students at the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale have submitted a petition to change the motto because it is “gendered and exclusionary, relegating women veterans to the fringes of veteran communities.” It is not our place here at the Herald to choose sides, we’re merely here to inform. Let us know what you think in the comments below!


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