Kansas is poised to replace its statue of politician John James Ingalls in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall with Amelia Earhart as soon as funding is secured, making her the 10th woman to be honored there (out of 100). The aviator and bestselling author was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
If you look into the eyes of Ms. Earhart you cannot help but to notice her confidence and determination. She was a woman who broke barriers and gender stereotypes. What is it about Kansas women that feed the fire that make them determined to stand up for what is right?
The same steel reserve that has forced another woman in Kansas to regain her rights as parent has once again fallen on deaf ears. Judge David Debenham was manipulated into believing that Claudine Dombrowski should not have parenting time and order so. As one blogger stated:
People are outraged everywhere. The last time the 15 year old daughter called to cancel her two hour Sunday visit she is allowed each week with her mother, she was crying on the phone and said she couldn’t come. Abuser Hal Richardson was yelling in the background, and the daughter cried more. Dear Claudine told her daughter it was okay, that everything would be okay. That was it. After that, not even a phone call to cancel, Hal Richardson failed to produce the daughter at the Topeka Police Station as he was ordered to do. Nothing. And the court let him get away with all 67 violations of this court order on August 20th.
With Kansas having a reputation as a progressive state with many firsts in legislative initiatives—it was the first state to institute a system of workers compensation (1910) and to regulate the securities industry (1911). Kansas also permitted women’s suffrage in 1912, almost a decade before the federal constitution was amended to require it. It would now appear that Judge Debenham does not subscribe to the same progressive thoughts as other Kansans. An American citizen can normally appear to have the same rights as the forefathers fought for us, especially Freedom of Speech, but not in Debenham’s court. Now Debenham’s gavel has punished a Mother for trying to be a Mother, for exposing the criminals of family court and especially for the interests of her abuser.
It should be an embarrassment for any Kansan that this is how Debenham treats, Mothers/United States Citizens, doing what they have every right to do. This progressive state with a long list of famous, innovative and ground breaking citizens from Earheart to Eishenhower you would expect better…then again Kansas does have the world’s biggest ball of twine.
With all of her struggles within the court system and she hasn’t given up on her daughter and she never will. Claudine is a modern Amelia Earhart, also on a perilous journey, navigating the unpredictable family court system, where you never know which basic human right they will take from you, especially Motherhood.