Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I Am Woman Still Rocks My World- Women's Equality Day!



It's National Women's Equality Day which marks the day the 19th amendment was finally ratified in 1920, giving women the vote. So much suffering was endured by so many women to get us this right. Today, actually more women vote than men do, but we still have a long way to go for equal representation in congress, the senate and the supreme court.  Women hold just 20-25% of elected offices in the United States.



This infographic from Time helps illustrate what were talking about here. They have good article today about this.


We can do better and I think it's time for a women president. I feel so lucky to have grown up in the 1970s with a liberated mom who got me excited about 'women's lib' and let me believe women can and could do anything in this world. Thank you mom. Helen Reddy was a favorite in our house and we played her record a zillion times. The I Am Woman lyrics are imprinted in my brain. My little friends on my street and I would belt out the lyrics with our hairbrushes to anyone who would listen. I think my brother remembers and got quite sick of it. Yes I think he's a feminist too.

 Still it gives me goosebumps to hear and makes me proud to be a women. I don't think a better anthem has ever been written for us. It makes me want the same rights for women all over the world. We must fight for our sisters around the world who do not even have the most basic of rights and we can't be complacent about the rights we have won at home.

Here's the best version (live) of Ms Reddy, who wrote the iconic song I still sing at the top of my lungs at home, as my two (hopefully growing up liberated) teenage guys chuckle.





Another article here marking today with some wonderfully inspiring quotes about women's equality.

I particularly love these two:

“We've begun to raise daughters more like sons ... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” ― Gloria Steinem

and this...

"As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world." — Virginia Woolf

When in doubt friends, chant and repeat to yourself...

I am strong

I am invincible

I am woman!!!


Thank you Helen Reddy for these inspiring words!

Kim





infographic via Time, top image via Pinterest

9 comments :

  1. I also like that HR song:" You and me against the world". Carly 2016!

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    1. I rather like Hilary and what she stands for. Not a Carly fan and I don't believe the Republican party is for advancing women's issues.

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  2. What a fantastic post my dear! Just love it so much! I can't believe I haven't heard that song since before I had children … before I knew how strong I could actually be! Thank you for the beautiful reminder … of how very far we've come … and how much more there is still to be done … especially around the world! I just think you're the absolute best my dear! xoxo

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    1. Tamera, thank you, you are so kind and I feel like you've encouraged women too with your blog and positive messages! xoxo

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  3. Love this Kim, and I agree that we still have a long way to go. That song! I hadn't thought of it in years!
    I put a big focus on raising my son like my daughters to the point that he cooks and cleans and organizes (well he had more lessons) much better than they do, I'm not kidding! No regrets though and I still have both daughters at home so I'm working on them.;)
    One thing I can't emphasize enough to them is that they need major educations in order to empower themselves... and they need to support other women at every level, from their friends to being globally conscious. As women we have no time to be judgemental or unsupportive of each other. We've got too much to do! XO

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    1. Dani, Wonderful you raised your son like that! I bet he is an amazing guy. You are so right about women and education and I love the idea of supporting women on all levels!! Great thoughts to pass on to your daughters. We do have so much to do and I have hope for the younger generations. Wish all moms were giving that same message!! Dani you are awesome!! xo

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  4. I remember that song so well! What a blast from the past!!
    XXJennifer

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  5. Yay! Thanks Kim for reminding us about such an important day. Growing up among chauvinistic attitudes made me stronger and more aware than ever of the need to support fellow women and our struggles to be treated fairly.

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    1. Leslie, thank you! I think it takes growing up among some of these attitudes to appreciate feminism!

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