Celebrating International Women's Day and Shrove Tuesday today... pancakes for everyone!
Some of the women that have inspired us over this last century are free thinkers, activists, writers, mothers and artists. We applaud those who championed the right to vote and education opportunities, and those who carry this forward. Those that fight for human and animal rights, those who may not be celebrated but keep striving for equality for all sexes, races and religions.
|Virginia Woolfe 1882-1941|
|Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962|
“This is what it means to face world leadership. The government cannot do it for us. Many of us do not even know the whole of our own little communities. It would help us all over the world to understand people.”
|Dorothy Arzner 1897-1979|
|Amy Johnson 1903-1941|
|Maya Angelou 1928-|
|Dian Fossey 1932-1985|
|Nina Simone 1933-2003|
Excerpt from her maiden speech:
"Mr. Speaker, I can't help but mention the number of firsts that are in this Parliament. Our first Rastafarian [Nándor Tánczos]… our first Polynesian woman… and yes, I have to say it, I guess, I am the first transsexual in New Zealand to be standing in this House of Parliament. This is a first not only in New Zealand, ladies and gentlemen, but also in the world. This is an historic moment. We need to acknowledge that this country of ours leads the way in so many aspects. We have led the way for women getting the vote. We have led the way in the past, and I hope we will do so again in the future in social policy and certainly in human rights."
|Naomi Wolf 1962-|
On this day of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day I would like to share with you two excerpts from Maya Angelou's poem 'On The Pulse Of Morning'
...Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your
Brow and when you yet knew you still
The River sang and sings on.
There is a true yearning to respond to
The singing River and the wise Rock.
So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew
The African, the Native American, the Sioux,
The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek
The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,
The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,
The privileged, the homeless, the Teacher.
They all hear
The speaking of the Tree.
They hear the the first and last of every Tree
Speak to humankind today. Come to me, here beside the River...
...Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister's eyes, and into
Your brother's face, your country
And say simply