Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Celebrate Women

"Well-behaved women seldom make history."
~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

It's International Woman's Day, an event that has been around since the early 1900's. Here in the United States women were encouraged to not show up for their jobs or, if that was not an option, at least wear red in support of education and equality.

I've had some women ask what their own gender is so upset about.  It's a comment that is a true testament to the bubble many in our society have created for themselves.

Internationally we still have our world full of countries where women are treated no better than livestock  Violence and torture in some places affects the majority of the population of women. If you look up the worst places for women in the world the stories, descriptions and pure hell our sisters endure makes our woes truly seem trivial.

Then Google the best places in the world for women and the United States does not even make the top ten. The fact that women's health care and equal pay for equal work is still something we need to argue about is incredible and quite frankly ridiculous.

But even if you don't give a crap about what might be happening to those other people in other countries or you feel that every right is yours here in America, let's just discuss how much harder it is in general because we are women.

Ask a male friend the last time they felt nervous walking alone. Ask a man the last time they were catcalled, groped, or even sexually assaulted. Ask a man how often he has to go to the doctors for a list of medical issues that start when you're about 14. Ask when the last time was they had to pee on a stick and feared for a plus sign.

Ask the same number of women the same questions.

Do the math.

Celebrate, support and protect each other ladies. Be active here and around the world whenever the opportunity rises. Educate, communicate, and pop some bubbles.

"There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. there is a third power stronger than both, that of women."
~Malala Yousafzai

"A guy asked me today why we need a Women's Day. I told him it's because men took all of the others."
~Lily (my daughter)


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