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It Only Comes Once A Year

I haven’t been posting much and for that I am sorry. I’ve also not been commenting on all of your wonderful blogs either and I truly do miss it. Time has just escaped me and just know that as soon as I can I will jump back full force into the swing of things. Scout’s honor 😉

Today I am just popping in to say that I’m another year older! The big 2-0.

Here is a picture from this past weekend (taken by my dad on a cellphone) when my family went out to eat to celebrate my grandma’s birthday!

Yesterday was one of my best friend’s birthday too. Every year we talk about how we still don’t feel any different; we still feel like kids. I’m not sure if that will ever change. I’m not sure if that is necessarily a bad thing.

Have a wonderful April Fool’s Day my friends!

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Inspiring Change: Women’s Equality

Happy International Women’s Day!

This year theme is Inspiring Change.

Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.

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I wanted to take a kind of different approach to my post for International Women’s Day. Originally I was going to share my thoughts on inspiring change, but just minutes ago a documentary came onto our public television station about this worldwide holiday. The stories are so moving I feel that instead of sharing my tips for inspiring change, it would be more impactful to tell you about a few women who have inspired others to make a change.

Jane Austen

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What did she do?

Today we know Jane Austen as one of the greatest writers of classic literature. In her time though, it was not common for women to be published authors. Through Jane Austen’s books, not only did she provide us with a wide array of strong female characters (also uncommon to the time), she set the stage and opened the door for the male-dominated literature field to be more accepting of women writers.

What did she say?

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

Susan B. Anthony

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What did she do?

Susan B. Anthony is famous in the United States for helping in the suffrage movement for women. She ended up being arrested and taken to court for her work, but afterward continued to fight until the day she died. Although Susan B. Anthony was never able to vote herself, her almost 50 years of dedication to the movement did eventually lead to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment,  which prevents voters from being discriminated against on the basis of gender.

What did she say?

“I have encountered riotous mobs and have been hung in effigy, but my motto is: Men’s rights are nothing more. Women’s rights are nothing less.”

Amelia Earhart

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What did she do?

Amelia Earhart is probably most well-known for her disappearance in 1937 during her circumnavigational flight around the world. While she was never found, her accomplishments as a pilot before her disappearance did a lot to encourage other females to pursue paths in the male-dominated field of aviation. Amelia Earhart also had a somewhat unconventional marriage for the early 1930s, where she not only perceived both the wife and husband to be equal partners, but in which she kept her maiden name (something unheard of then).

What did she say?

“Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats. But, they also get more notoriety when they crash.”

Ellen Degeneres

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What did she do?

This talk show host may not be the first person that comes to mind when you think of activists for women’s rights, but that’s what makes Ellen Degeneres so perfect for the job- she’s so subtle about it. One of the most recent examples can be seen in her shaming of Abercrombie and Fitch’s sizing declaration. While she made the news story into a joke and had everyone laughing as she shared her opinion on the matter, it still impacted women everywhere. She shared publically on television that Abercrombie and Fitch’s discriminatory policy against plus-sized women was not okay.

What did she say?

“Beauty is not between a size 0 and a size 8. It is not a number at all.”

Malala Yousafazi 

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What did she do?

The most recent in a long line of influential women, Malala Yousafazi who first became well known for her blog with the BBC in 2009 (which originally was anonymous) and then a documentary later which showcased her beliefs on the needs for educational rights for women. She has received numerous death threats for her beliefs and was shot in her school by the Taliban in 2012. After being on the brink of death, she miracuously recovered and has since continued her fight, writing a book and inspiring a backlash in her home country of Pakistan. Currently Malala is heading an education movement that spans worldwide.

What did she say?

“There was a time when women social activists asked men to stand up for their rights, but this time we will do it by ourselves.”

I hope that hearing the stories of these women were as inspiring to you as they were to me. While there has been much progress towards change thanks to not only these five, but countless more, there is still a long way to go towards seeing men and women as equals in the world. 

Thank you to Jan at Sprouts and Squats for creating a link-up where fellow bloggers can share their posts on International Women’s Day, and also for making me aware of this wonderful even- something that I am happy to be a part of.

“For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.” – Elizabeth Blackwell (the first female U.S. Physician)