Thursday, March 13, 2014

March 2014:Go Forth and Make History

As we honor the many women who have shaped our history, let us also celebrate those who make progress in our time. Let us remember that when women succeed, America succeeds. And from Wall Street to Main Street, in the White House and on Capitol Hill --  let us put our Nation on the path to success.  
Barack Obama, President, United States of America, March 1, 2014


 These words taken from the official Presidential Proclamation announce National Women's History Month 2014.  What does this mean to women?

Women Sharing
American women live a different life than most of the women of the world. Women today are offered opportunities never dreamed of by their mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers gain by the extraordinary efforts of American woman who came before us. These opportunities expanded and earned throughout the centuries. It is necessary to remember those who struggled, but we need to look around and notice those women, the ordinary woman who are making extraordinary strides each day.

Yes, every day women across the United States women are making history.  You can be part of this historical movement or perhaps you are and you don't realize your participation in life is making history for women. You need not join an organization. You don't have to become a member of Congress. You only need to be an example. You make history by modeling the behaviors our society wants its citizens to cherish and aspire. You, by yourself, can change the world by your individual actions.

Young Entrepeneur
Women need to stop focusing on complimenting woman on how they look and acknowledge
accomplishments. Females should ask about projects, interests, and listen. Education, involvement in society, continuous learning, self-improvement should be fostered.

Learn to listen, really listen. Avoid telling other people about anything just to fill the empty void in a conversation. It is alright to pause in conversations. Avoid finishing other folks' sentences. When you listen, you hear. When you hear,you learn, and can make clear decisions.

Mothering Politically
Women have advanced a long way in terms of participation in society. Yet, women (more than 50% of the population) are making 75 cents to every $1 a man earns. Woman are the largest part of the American workforce, but our management structure doesn't reflect these numbers. When we examine the makeup of our lawmakers, women are not fairly represented. Access the legislature and senate in your state government. How many women mayors and governors are in office? Can we say the largest population in the country is fairly represented in the U.S. government?

Mothering for the Future
Invite someone to vote in your local elections. It is okay to talk politics. Americans can agree to comprise, woman can show the country how to be civil.

Teach your sons and daughters about consequences. Children need to know actions have a risk and cost attached to them.Yes, even babies learn "Hot."

This month every female needs to be talking to everyone female, irregardless of age about making history for woman. Where are the men who are supporting woman as they break barriers? Ask a woman raped in the military if the system recognized her as a legitimate soldier.

Leading Forward
Birth control, mammograms, medications, medical tests, who are making decisions about medical practices? Do you know the protocol for heart attacks for women wasn't even consider until 1990. Medical practices, equipment, drugs often are tested on men. Women are not included in the test group.  A little history needs to advance in this area.

I could go on and on. We need to stop as a collective group and understand why females are stronger at birth than males. We promulgate the species. We are the bearers of the species, the nurturers.  This designated evolutionary job places us in a position of responsibility and control. Men should not be in control of the destiny of women's bodies.  We have an opportunity for history here.

Thank every woman who came before you. Pick up your womanly mantle and become a preserver of the species by taking control of the civility of our society, of our bodies, of our systems' processes and procedures, and above all,"teach our children well."

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March:National Women's History Month 2014

National Women’s History Month 2014 

Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment 
Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination

Each year, March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. 

This year’s theme, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women’s experience. (From the official press release from The Women History Month Project press release,)

Personal comment: This link will connect you to the women who were selected as "Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination. www.nwhp.org/whm/2014nwhp_gazette.pdf   Individuals need to be honored for their efforts and to share their examples with all of us.  So, this blog is not filled with any cynical comments, no glib off-hand remarks, but sincere recognition to this year's honorees for energy, enthusiasm and determination that changed the world. 

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