March 1

International Women’s Month
Reflection

There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female.
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galations 3:28  
                                                

March is Women’s History Month. It celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Yet, in spite of all that, we know that women all over the earth do not share equality with men, and women are the main victims of poverty, violence and oppression. In a world that continues to grow smaller through communication, we can no longer plead innocent to the pain and suffering of others. In particular, we are able to see the many ways that justice is denied. Although much has been done to raise consciousness and to advocate for change, the topic of women continues to be an area where basic rights are denied globally. This is true even in our own country. Historically, women generally have had fewer legal rights and career opportunities than men. They have been considered not only intellectually inferior to men but also a major source of temptation and evil. View some of the ads on television with this perspective and you can see the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, abasement of women. Clearly, the words of Paul and the example of Jesus still need to penetrate much our consciousness in this regard.

Prayer

As we celebrate International Women’s Month we remember all women who seek to give voice to the desire for the fullness of life and for the common good. May God bless all these voices, and may they be heard and respected.

Action

As men and women let us work together for changes at all levels of our society, giving leadership in our homes, contributing to our community, advocating for justice and  equality, and remaining true to the gospel.

Suggested Reading

Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either.
John 8-12

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae, so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well. Greet Prisca and Aquila, who work with me in Christ Jesus, and who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles… Greet Mary, who has worked very hard among you… Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; and greet his mother–a mother to me also… Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
Romans 16:1-16

We have to start looking at the world through women’s eyes’ how are human rights, peace and development defined from the perspective of the lives of women? It’s also important to look at the world from the perspective of the lives of diverse women, because there is not a single women’s view, any more than there is a single men’s view.
Charlotte Bunch

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl.”
Shirley Chisholm

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

Women’s rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.
Hillary Clinton

I also think it is important for women to help one another. I have a saying: There is a special place in hell for women who don’t.
Madeleine Albright

 After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I’m enough.”
Anna Quindlen

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
Charlotte Whitton

 No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.
Michelle Obama

 

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