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Thursday, January 04, 2007

"I Am Woman Hear Me Roar! ...

in numbers too big too ignore..."

One of my co-workers came into my office today and he said to me, " Congratulations! What a great day to be a woman. How do you plan to celebrate?"

Well, this is my celebration:

I remember roaring this song when I was a child. My best friend Rachel and I would throw in a tape and dance around her living room screaming it much to our feminist mothers' delight or we would run up and down the block yelling it to the little boys in our way.

It was an empowering dream. Whenever I hear this song, I think of Rachel and her mother. Strong invincible women.

Rachel's mom would take us to DC to lobby for the ERA or to a rally for women's rights or to elect Shirley Chisholm for President. I remember a room full of women in a circle on pillows on the floor, candles lit around the room, Joni Mitchell in the background, planning and strategizing their next move for equal rights late into the night with Rachel and I playing with our Barbies in the next room.... WAIT A MINUTE... Did I say playing with BARBIES!!!

LOL! Yes I did. Rachel's mom explained once when we were old enough to bring the dilemma to her attention, that although Barbie was all the bad things Barbie was symbolically to the feminist movement of the 1970's, she was still a woman and a toy and we were still children. Teach the philosophy and the toys become irrelevant or even help at some point to accentuate the point.

I wanted to tell this story today, because today is a day of celebration for all women of all philosophies around the world, but especially in the United States.

It took over 100 years for women to get the right to vote and just about 100 more to get one elected to the third highest political position in this country.

Congratulations Nancy! You have not only made me proud to be a woman today, but also proud to know that you may have been in some other part of the country, but my guess is that you remember a similar small circle of women strategizing about the school board or the village trustee 30 years ago, and look at you today.

Today is the day those women back in the 1970's strategized to create. I am forever thankful not only that they have over the last 30 years or so accomplished so much, and that most of them they are still involved in the cause for equality, but also that I was privileged to have been there, in the other room listening intently to my idols and, pretending with Rachel that Barbie was President of the United States and Ken was picking out new drapes for the Oval Office.

Funny thing is, now that I think about it. Maybe they listened to us a bit also. :)

Happy Speaker Nancy Day Feminists!!!

1 comment:

georgia said...