Proud To Be a Feminist

Proud To Be a Feminist

For some people, the word “feminist” means ‘pushy broad.” If it takes being a pushy broad to get equal rights for women, then count me in. Being meek and compliant isn’t a womanly virtue when it enables those in power to keep women “in their place.”

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This meme features Annie Lennox, “If we value what we’ve inherited for free from other women, surely it’s right morally and ethically for us to wake up and say ‘I am a feminist.'”

Just what is a woman’s place? That’s something that each individual woman should decide for herself. It isn’t OK for positions of power to be reserved just for men leaving women dependent on their pronouncements on what we can and cannot do.

Back in 1989, I participated in a women’s march on Washington. I have my t-shirt to remember the occasion but I won’t forget the determination of women who traveled from distant states to be there. We knew how important it was to have our voices heard.

Unfortunately, a number of states are nibbling away at the rights we fought so hard to get. Young women have little idea of the time when it was a rare woman who became a lawyer, a doctor or something besides a teacher or a nurse. Although I chose a career that was fairly traditional for a woman (librarian), I counted myself as a feminist back in the 1970s and continue to apply that label to myself today.

I looked around on Zazzle to see what shirts were available with this slogan. There were quite a few choices, so I’m showcasing those here.

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Art for Women’s Rights

Art for Women’s Rights

I admired the artwork and slogans on these Zazzle mini-posters. These are from the RepealHydeArtProject.

Support abortion access with these original posters from the Repeal Hyde Art Project! Your purchase benefits an arts campaign to create dialogue and awareness about restrictive abortion legislation.

 

Old Feminists Rise to Fight Again

Old Feminists Rise to Fight Again

I don’t like to characterize myself as old but I attended college back in the early seventies which raised my awareness of women’s issues. In 1989, I marched in one of the historic women’s rights marches in Washington D.C. So, with those dates in mind, you might extrapolate that I’m close to 70 years old.

After the January 2017 women’s marches around the country, many women responded by becoming increasingly active in political issues.  The time had come for feminists to take up the banner again to prevent women’s rights from eroding.

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Yes, I still have my shirt that I bought at the April 9, 1989 March for Women’s Equality, Women’s Lives.

 

I felt personally inspired after attending the women’s rally in Orlando with a few other women from my retirement community. Returning home, I knew I was not alone although many women felt isolated in their communities or that their views weren’t even validated in their own homes.

So, I invited women to lunch and we organized a women’s action network in our senior residential area. It has grown over the year so that now 85 pissed-off older women belong to our SWANs group. We write postcards to get out the vote, we call our members of Congress, and tomorrow we make signs to carry in the 2018 Orlando Women’s March.

I hope that you also have found a support group and can now call yourself an activist. If not, ask around and align yourself with forward-thinking women. It’s incredibly empowering to have that feeling of sisterhood and to know you are doing something important. It’s not just for you, it is for your country and for future generations.

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This sign says it all, “I’m protesting so my granddaughter won’t have to.” Photo by Virginia Allain at the January 2017 Women’s March in Orlando, Florida.

Today, women activist work for human rights of all kinds. After all, women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights. Time to march and make our voices heard.

Sisterhood Is Powerful

In talking to an online friend, she shared this,

“It is so sad and frustrating that we have to fight for the same rights we thought we had won. I was a proud feminist back in the seventies and wore my Sisterhood is Powerful button every day. I drove miles to go see Betty Friedan speak.

My mother said she was a feminist before there even was such a word and told her daughters we could do anything we wanted. Unbelievable that these things are still being debated and laws are being passed to deprive women of our rights. Way to go Virginia….keep the light burning bright.”

I checked around to see if the slogan was still used much. The book, Sisterhood Is Powerful edited by Robin Morgan, is still available on Amazon.

On Zazzle, I found some cards and items using the slogan and another version of it, “Sistahood Is Powerful.” Thanks, GrannySage, for reminding me of this one.

Carrie Fisher on Beauty and Aging

Carrie Fisher on Beauty and Aging

There’s been some discussion on the aging of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in the latest Star Wars movie. Some people commented that men age better than women, as far as looks go. Her response was that the public allow men to mature and age but expect women to stay wrinkle-free and youthful. This is unrealistic and puts a lot of pressure on older women.

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Carrie Fisher – “Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well. Youth and beauty are not accomplishments, they’re the temporary happy by-products of time and/or DNA. Don’t hold your breath for either.”

Bernie Sanders Speaks on Women’s Rights

Bernie Sanders Speaks on Women’s Rights
"The right-wing in this country is waging a war against women and, let me be very clear, it is not a war that we are going to allow them to win." Bernie Sanders
“The right-wing in this country is waging a war against women and, let me be very clear, it is not a war that we are going to allow them to win.” Bernie Sanders

If you haven’t paid much attention to Bernie Sanders, this remarkable man is running for president in 2016. He’s a strong advocate for many issues important to women. Check him out!

"There is no rational reason why women should be earning 78 cents on the dollar compared to men. That has got to change." Bernie Sanders
“There is no rational reason why women should be earning 78 cents on the dollar compared to men. That has got to change.”
Bernie Sanders

Women Don’t Have a Constitutional Amendment Protecting Their Rights

Women Don’t Have a Constitutional Amendment Protecting Their Rights
"Just think - guns have a constitutional amendment protecting them and women don't." Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority
“Just think – guns have a constitutional amendment protecting them and women don’t.” Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority

This meme sparked some interesting comments on Facebook. I’ve obscured Terry’s last name, but thought the others should be proud of their defense of Eleanor Smeal’s statement.

  • Terry N——–s And what constitutional law is there protecting men only?
    For 1 it is still men who have to sign up for the draft…..women don’t have to
    Kate Dupin When was the last time there was a law specifically stopping a man from doing what he wanted with his body?
    • Terry N——–s Do you think a lot of boys who died in Vietnam wanted to go
    • Monica Kelly Why is it that you have to try to switch the conversation to YOU? Every legal right in America was forged for men but women have had to fight piecemeal for those very same rights! The right to vote, the right to a college education, the right to obtain credit in her own name, the right to hiring equality. Until 1978 a woman could be fired from her job just for being pregnant.
      It took 100 years after the Constitution was written for a woman to even own property in her own name in most states! Women today make $.77 for every dollar that men make! You don’t need a Constitutional Amendment to protect men, the whole damned thing was written for that purpose! But why am I trying to educate you, it’s obvious that every other attempt has failed!
    • Whitney Adams Men decided women don’t belong in combat, so the draft argument is moot.
    • People United For Reason And Representation Hey Terry, just so you know… we don’t draft anymore. Haven’t in almost 50 years.
      And this men’s rights B.S. is so much absurdity.
      Women couldn’t even vote until after WW 1, by men’s approval.

      (Thank you, Monica Kelly, for your passionate and informative rebuttal of Terry’s statement)