March 1

March is International Women’s Month

Reflection                                                     

March is Women’s History Month. It celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past and present . 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 because of the communication explosion, 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, in religious writings, a major source of temptation and evil. View some of the ads on television in this context and you can see the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, abasement of women. Clearly, the words of Paul and the example of Jesus have not penetrated much of the Christian 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,

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

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

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.”
Congresswoman 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

As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.
John Lennon

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

 Some Famous Women

Harriet Beecher Stowe  Author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” which brought attention to the horrors of slavery..

Elizabeth Cady Stanton  Pioneer of women’s rights movement.

Susan B. Anthony  Established the National Woman’s Suffrage Association, and early leader of the women’s suffrage movement..

Florence Nightingale  An English nurse, considered a pioneer in modern nursing.

Harriet Tubman  Born a slave, Tubman was the most famous member of the underground railroad..

Clara Barton  Founded the American Red Cross.

Marie Curie Won the Nobel Prize twice and was influential in the world of chemistry.

Helen Keller  Helen Keller became blind and deaf at the age of two as a result of a severe illness. She overcame her handicaps to earn a college education, and she spent her life championing for the rights of those with physical handicaps.

Eleanor Roosevelt  Skilled writer, politician, and activist. She served as the Chairperson of the United Nations Human Rights Commission

Georgia O’Keeffe  Georgia O’Keefe was a painter who received great recognition for her paintings of flowers and landscapes

Amelia Earhart  First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Margaret Chase Smith  First woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, both in the House of Representatives and Senate.

Margaret Mead  She is known for illuminating the concept that personality differences is more of a cultural conditioning than an inherited trait

Rosa Parks  Known as “The First Lady of Civil Rights” she is best known for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.

Margaret Thatcher  First woman Prime Minister of Britain.

Sandra Day O’ Connor  First woman to hold the title  Majority Leader of the Senate..

Jane Goodall  Conservationist, animal welfare activist and expert on primates, particularly chimpanzees.

Gloria Steinem  Best known for her lifelong endeavor of achieving equality for women in the workplace, in politics, and in all other societal aspects.

Barbara Jordan  First African American from a southern state to serve in the US House of Representatives, first African American to serve a keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention

Madeleine Albright  First woman to be appointed US Secretary of State

Hillary Rodham Clinton  67th US Secretary of State.

Oprah Winfrey: American Celebrity and icon.

 

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