Will Corporate America Please Stand Up?

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." ~ Abraham Lincoln With the voices of women echoing from the ranks of the entertainment industry and the chambers of Congress about the evils of sexual harassment, the jaw-dropping numbers of powerful men toppling from their pedestals and promises of severe consequences to perpetrators … Continue reading Will Corporate America Please Stand Up?

Women’s History Month – Ordinary Women Need Not Apply

Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel. ~ Bella Abzug, 1977

 

"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult," said Charlotte Whitton in Canada Month, 1963. 

I agree with Charlotte Whitton's famous statement except for the part that it is not difficult! And to phrase the late, great Congresswoman Abzug's statement more delicately, ordinary women should be able to compete with ordinary men for the same jobs without having to outperform at Einstein's level. Women have always been and continue to be held to a different standard than men when vying for the same opportunities. That's not only a lack of equality, it's a lack of fairness. 

When Will We See A Woman In The Oval Office?

"...certainly in the next 50 years we shall see a woman President
--maybe sooner than you think.

~ Excerpt of Remarks by President Richard M. Nixon on April 17, 1969
at a Reception Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the
League of Women Voters of the United States.

This entry concludes my series on women
in honor of National Women's History Month
and International Women's Day

In 2016 it will be 240 years since our nation's Declaration of Independence. And in the nearly two and a half centuries that have passed we have yet to see a woman in the White House. Despite the fact that women have comprised roughly half the population from the beginning of our nation to the present and have contributed equally to its founding and growth, there has never been a woman elected to the highest office in the land. I find that bewildering, foolish and, frankly, galling.

Chivalry – The “Benevolent Sexism”

Queen Guinevere by dashinvaine
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"I lament that women are systematically degraded
by receiving the trivial attentions
which men think it manly to pay to the sex,
when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft,
from her 1792 book,
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects

Those are strong words from British author and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, who launched feminism in the 19th Century. Back then she and other women were bristling over the practice of on the one hand  men bowing to women, picking up their dropped handkerchiefs and opening doors for them while on the other hand denying them independence, education, careers and even the right to own their own property or control their own finances. Women did not even have legal custody of their own children and were considered property of their fathers and later their husbands. While the former treatment of women was viewed by some as "chivalry," the latter was considered by many to be a denial of rights.

Feminists (Do) (Don’t) Have a Sense of Humor

 

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Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible,
and live long lives. The struggle for equality continues unabated,
and the woman warrior who is armed with wit and courage
will be among the first to celebrate victory. ~ Maya Angelou

Definitions

Feminism: noun
The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. ~ Merriam-Webster.com

Feminist: noun
A person who supports feminism, adjective - of, relating to, or supporting feminism; "feminist literature" - Google

The Women Who Might Have Been Shakespeare, and Other Unsung Heroines

            

       Mary Sidney Herbert             Amelia Bassano Lanier 

“So far as anybody actually knows and can prove,
Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon never wrote a play in his life.”
~ Mark Twain

Last week I began my series on women to honor National Women's History Month during March and International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8. In that entry I wrote about what women expect on a first date. This week I'm addressing a different kind of date - history dates that turn a spotlight on unsung heroines throughout history whose ideas and inventions either were or might have been credited to men.

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Date Night – What A Woman Expects

 

Oh, this is the night, it's a beautiful night 
And we call it bella notte 
Look at the skies, they have stars in their eyes 
On this lovely bella notte. ~ Bella Notte
From "Lady and the Tramp"
Composed by Sonny Burke and Peggy Lee

This is the first in a series of entries devoted to observing Women's National History Month during March in the U.S. 

Traditional dating still exists for most people, with the possible exception of younger Millennials -- and I encourage them to try it! Thus, it's helpful when men understand what women expect leading up to, during and after that important first date.