Happy International Women’s Day!

 

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Of course, on International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate famous women, first women, trail blazers, women who changed the world, women like (in no particular order, other than me thinking of them/looking them up this way):

  • Abigail Adams
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Sacajawea
  • Deborah Sampson Gannett
  • Admiral Grace Hopper
  • Clara Barton
  • Ada Lovelace
  • Ida B. Wells
  • Alice Paul
  • Lucretia Mott
  • Lucy Stone
  • Madam CJ Walker
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Martha Nussbaum
  • Theda Skocpol
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Jeanette Rankin
  • Frances Perkins
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Mother Jones
  • Margaret Sanger
  • Rosa Parks
  • Barbara Jordan
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Dorothy Height
  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Angela Davis
  • Mary Anne Shadd Cary
  • Emily Dickenson
  • Mae Jemison
  • Sally Ride
  • Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Geraldine Ferraro
  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Kamala Harris
  • Betty Friedan
  • Robin Morgan
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Shulamith Firestone
  • Tracy Chapman
  • Dolores Huerta
  • Billie Jean King
  • Maya Angelou
  • Toni Morrison
  • Mary Elizabeth Bowser
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Maya Lin
  • Janelle Monae
  • Nina Simone
  • Rachel Carson
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • Tarana Burke
  • Katherine Johnson
  • Katharine Graham
  • Bella Abzug
  • bell hooks
  • Amy Ray
  • Emily Saliers
  • Carolyn Shoemaker
  • Wilma Mankiller
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Jane Addams
  • Elizabeth Blackwell
  • Dorothea Dix
  • Isadora Duncan
  • Marie LaVeau
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Nichelle Nichols
  • Leslie Feinberg
  • Queen Liliuokalani
  • Cathay Williams
  • Victoria Woodhull
  • Georgia O’Keefe
  • Judy Chicago
  • Shannon Watts
  • Emma Gonzalez
  • Mari Copeny
  • Anita Cameron

Don’t know who some of these heras are? To the Goog!

But, on this day celebrating women, I also want to celebrate YOU.

“Me? But I’m just a regular person. I haven’t been a famous author or artist or scientist or politician or inventor or explorer or soldier or warrior for a just cause or a ‘first’ anything. Why me?”

Because you’re a little girl who’s the pitcher for her co-ed Little League team.

Because you’re a teenage girl who dreams of being an engineer and is taking AP calculus to prepare.

Because you’re a Black Girl who Codes.

Because you’re in college and you’re fighting to end rape on campus.

Because you’re the first person in your family to proceed on to higher ed, working a service job while also working towards your degree at the local community college.

Because you’re undocumented and you refuse to be afraid.

Because you’re a single mom, and it’s hard as shit, but you had the courage to leave the partner who was dragging you down even though you knew it would be hard as shit, because all that you have is your soul.

Because you’re transgender and proudly serving your country in the armed forces.

Because you’re an out lesbian in a rural community who refuses to “cover.”

Because you’re a suburban mom who works the middle-management job and attends the games and recitals and ferries the kids around and does the laundry and the housework and packs the lunches and feeds the cat and walks the dog and pays the bills and balances the checkbook and does the grocery shopping and remembers the birthdays, day in and day out.

Because you invest your weekends marching and fighting for black lives, or gun control, or science, or immigrants’ rights.

Because you’ve been at the Kremlin Annex damn near every night for MONTHS.

Because you do the hard, thankless work of registering the voters and entering the data and sending the mailers and writing the postcards and running the small-dollar fundraisers and calling the voters and canvassing the neighborhoods. In 2015. And 2016. And 2017. And 2018. And you’ll keep doing it.

Because you installed solar panels on your roof and a rain barrel in your yard.

Because first thing in the morning, every morning, you call your Senators and Representative.

Because you screwed your courage to the sticking place and ran for local office.

Because you volunteer regularly at the senior center, or the community garden, or the local soup kitchen or food bank, or local library or elementary school.

Because you dropped everything and flew halfway across the country when your dear friend’s mother died.

Because every time it snows, you shovel your elderly neighbor’s walk.

Because you tend a little garden of native plants that feed and shelter the bees, the birds, and the other insects and pollinators.

You are the strong foundation on which your kids, your spouse, your friends, your community depend. You. And you think no one notices and no one appreciates it, and most of the time, you may be right. But I see you and I know what you do, and I love and honor you for it.

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6 responses to “Happy International Women’s Day!

  1. Great list! Thank you. Bb, Niamh

    hecatedemeter wrote: > a:hover { color: red; } a { text-decoration: none; color: #0088cc; } a.primaryactionlink:link, a.primaryactionlink:visited { background-color: #2585B2; color: #fff; } a.primaryactionlink:hover, a.primaryactionlink:active { background-color: #11729E !important; color: #fff !important; } /* @media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { .post { min-width: 700px !important; } } */ WordPress.com mrswhatsit9 posted: ” Of course, on International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate famous women, first women, trail blazers, women who changed the world, women like (in no particular order, other than me thinking of them/looking them up this way): Abigail Adams Harriet T”

  2. Delta Rae – Hands Dirty

    …..Turn it UP! A great song for International Women’s Day!

  3. Of course this song – loud and on repeat!

    Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox – Sisters are doing it for Themselves

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