Today the Mount Rushmore monument represents four American presidents that played important roles in American history. However, I believe that the face of four different individuals should be present on the monument.
The first face would be Amelia Earhart. Though Earhart is mainly known for being the first female aviator to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean, the reason she should be on Mount Rushmore is that she was the first vice president of the National Aeronautic Association. With this position, she successfully persuaded them to have separate races for men and women. Earhart used her power for a start down the path of equality.
The second face would be Anne Sullivan. Sullivan is best known for her work with Helen Keller; some would say that she was the person behind all of Keller's success. Sullivan created a whole new meaning to teaching and bonding by becoming the first person to teach someone who was both deaf and blind. She made great contributions to the world of teaching the blind. It was because of her that Keller both had much success in everything she did, making her the woman behind the curtain.
The third face would be Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi created a new way to fight for equality. He successfully inspired those in his country and all around the world. Many people throughout history took after his nonviolent practices as they fought for their own equality. He truly believed in his dream and became an inspiration.
The final face would be Emily Dickinson. Dickson produced a new type of writing, making her an inspiration to the world. She created a new way of expression which allowed people to think of things differently. Dickinson used her poetry to help in the women's rights movement by writing about true feelings and expressions.
Each of these four faces represents something new and ingenious in their respective times, which is why these are the four faces that should be on Mount Rushmore.
However, in addition to the historical people who played a large role in history, their location is important. The location of this monument would be in Kansas since there is something great on the two ends of the country, Disneyland in California and Disneyworld in Florida, it seems only fair to have something great in the middle.
The faces of the heroes would be made from different materials that are symbolic of each of their lifetimes. Earhart's face would be made of aviation-related equipment, old parts of a plane that cannot be repaired, or any equipment from the plane that is not being used. Next, Sullivan's face would be made of different materials in the shape of hands. The hands would represent her special way of teaching Keller how to communicate. Then, Gandhi's face would be made of parts of a spinning wheel he used, which later became the symbol of India. Finally, Dickinson's face would be made of paper, like her old poems.