Tuesday, March 7, 2017

International Women's Day, Women's History Month and a Strike!

metamora herald women suffrage poster mother and child black and white

                                                                           photo from cpcc.edu/women of the roaring twenties/googlesites

Tomorrow, March 8th, 2017, is International Women’s Day and this year’s event is like no other. So many issues we have been dealing with and marching against this year already and now we go on strike. Yes, that's right, women across the globe are celebrating the Women Strike Day. The Women’s Liberation Movement is building and getting stronger, but things are still not progressing in a positive way. In fact, we are moving backward in some ways. It is more important than ever we band together and fight for our basic human rights.  

        Since the beginning of time, women who are wives and mothers have done the work of 5 people for no pay or appreciation and had to lose weight and look great all the time with no sleep. And it’s just OK with everyone and we keep doing it like "ya this is life." We probably thought that once we were in the workforce and making money and taking care of our families alone that we would get more respect. Nope, instead, we got paid less and sexually harassed. How many women were actually raped at their jobs before sexual harassment laws were put into place? How many of us go to work for 8 plus hours a day and come home to clean the house, cook dinner, take care of the kids, and try to fit in free time for exercise or a hobby? Some women do this with absolutely no help from their husbands or kids or they “help” but not really. 

      This is why women will be going on strike. We want to be heard, treated better, and taken seriously. Please take the time to help out in this movement any way you can. If you can’t miss work buy yourself something from a female business owner. Take a day from doing chores, errands, and feeling rundown. Have a spa day. Celebrate being a woman anyway that makes you feel great. Being a woman is an honor and I won’t be made to feel ashamed or embarrassed for wanting to be paid equally for the work I do and wanting to be in charge of my own personal, private, health care. Happy Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day!

Never retract, never explain, never apologize; get things done and let them howl.
– Nellie L. McClung

sources: https://changingwinds.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/womens-long-journey-for-the-right-to-vote/

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