January 21

Reflection

Today thousands of women will convene in Washington, DC to march in support of equality and to promote civil rights for every person. More than 300 simultaneous local protests will also occur across all 50 states, and support marches are planned in 30 other countries. The issues represented are varied. Women have marched before from the Suffrage Movement to the marches for the Equal Rights Amendment to the Million Moms March and others. The Women’s March on Washington aims to send a message to all levels of government that women stand together in solidarity and they expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities. All cannot march but all can support the courage and respect the goodwill of those who do. If the march moves elected leaders toward its goals, all will enjoy the benefits.

Prayer

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after justice for they will be satisfied.

Action

Reflect on the unequal treatment of women throughout history. Think of the effect of patriarchy that still endures in the 21st century despite the leadership and talent women have displayed in all areas. Consider what prompted the march today and why women feel it is necessary. What is your own attitude? Why?

Suggested Reading

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
1 John 3:17

Whether consciously or not, sexist God language undermines the human equality of women made in the divine image and likeness.
Elizabeth A. Johnson

The Christian marginality of women has its roots in the patriarchal beginnings of the church and in the androcentrism of Christian revelation.
Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza

The critical principle of feminist theology is the promotion of the full humanity of women. Whatever denies, diminishes, or distorts the full humanity of women is, therefore, appraised as not redemptive.
Rosemary Radford Ruether

Don’t let other people tell you who you are.
Diane Sawyer

Changing the world doesn’t happen all at once. It isn’t a big bang. It’s an evolution, the sum of a billion tiny sparks. And some of those sparks will have to come from you.
Katie Couric

A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex, but neither should she “adjust” to prejudice and discrimination.
Betty Friedan

You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.
Shirley Chisholm

We’ve chosen the path to equality, don’t let them turn us around.
Geraldine Ferraro

Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely – and the right to be heard.
Hillary Clinton

 

 

 

 

 

 

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