INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY…. AND THE WOMEN I LOVE
Women are special! The first person to kiss us at our birth was a woman. The person that carried us for nine months with much discomfort and pain was a woman. For this woman, there is yet another special day set aside; Mother’s Day.
As a political activist, it was mostly women that inspired me to become what I am today… to name just a few there was/is …
My Mother Esther—a Saint in her own right
Freda Gardner—a family friend, left wing activist
Ann Yellin —–a family friend, trade union activist
Helen Keller——’handicapped’ person that wouldn’t accept limitations
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn—-communist leader, Joe Hill’s ‘Rebel Girl’
Rosa Parks—-civil rights activist
My Aunt Sarah——who taught me that every human being has his worth.
My dear cousin Fran Korotzer (AKA Chippy Dee) — an Associate of this Blog. She has been a part of the Struggle for the Social Justice of ALL Mankind for as long as I can remember, never taking her ‘eyes off the prize’. She has, over the past few years, become more of a sister to me than a cousin.
There are more, many more… but the point remains that it was and is women that are the molders of what we are today. It is women that continued to make our world a better place despite every attempt to ‘keep them in their place’. They have proven that their place is where they want it to be… in politics, in the workplace, in the home and in the community. The same Neanderthal mentality that tried to keep them down is the same mentality that has tried to keep minorities down all over the world. This type of thinking cannot and will not be tolerated.
It used to be said that ‘behind every great man there stands a woman’… this is so not the case. In reality it should say ‘wherever there is a great man, there is a woman just as great or greater’.
The following poster appears on the March 2011 page of the Peace Calendar