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Women Are Birthing A New World
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”
“Prior to my election, young Cherokee girls would never have thought that they might grow up and become chief.”
For women’s history month, I wanted to write about all the incredible women throughout time who blazed trails through the wilderness of life—making passage easier and smoother for all those who followed. Women like Harriet Tubman, Emmeline Pankhurst, Amelia Bloomer, Amelia Earhart, Wilma Mankiller, Helen Keller, Mary Wollstonecraft, Isadora Duncan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Addams, Margaret Meade, Maya Angelou, and many others. Millions of pioneering spirits who refused to give up or give in as they forged through tumultuous times, broke societal norms, and endured untold personal hardships.
The good news is that there are so many gifted, talented, and strong-willed women throughout history—and today—that I was unable to narrow the topic down to just a few. So instead, I decided to pay homage to the collective female experience: the mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, partners, girlfriends, aunts, cousins, friends, colleagues, and grandmothers . . . all the women who are changing the world, each day.
Women are continually transforming lives, through art, poetry, music, dance, teaching, and ministry. Through fearless leadership, thoughtful governance, and public service. We are police officers, plumbers, engineers, custodians, firefighters, CEOs, and scientists. We are caretakers of children, of the elderly, of animals, and of the planet. We are technicians, actors, educators, writers, computer programmers, software developers, astronauts, counselors, administrators, roofers, sale reps, architects, activists, designers, and chefs. We embark on inspiring adventures, pursue various professions, and undertake worthy pursuits that enhance not only our lives, but also the lives of others.
We are birthing a new world with our choices.
Look in the mirror, but not for physical attributes. Look in the mirror and recognize your power and your ability to make a difference. This is YOUR life. You are amazing! We are amazing! As we step into our rightful place in this world, we give rise to our most heartfelt dreams. We birth a world of cooperation, unity, nurturing, courage, respect, compassion, creativity, and collaboration. We form circles. We embrace and include all in our global family. We model healthy behavior. We show strength, not by brute force, but strength of character and spirit. We learn from past mistakes. We encourage and mentor the next generations. We care for the earth and all her creatures. We honor the divine and all she teaches. We love.
We are birthing a new world . . . because that is what women do. We birth ideas, children, and a vision of what may be.
In joy & gratitude
Diana J. Ensign
Amen! And thank you to you Diana and all the women who have made a difference in making our world more into a moreloving, positive place where we all can thrive.
Great post for International Women’s Day! I love the quote by Helen Keller about having sight but not vision. I too posted reflections on my blog. http://www.marthaymaria.blogspot.com
Thanks for your continued support Charlie! : ) As you say, everyone working together is how we reach a more loving and positive world where all can thrive! I couldn’t agree more!!
Thank you for sharing your blog post Anne that speaks powerfully against violence and deaths of immigrant women along the U.S.-Mexico border.
In my own ignorance, I did not mention Hispanic or Latino women in my blog. So thank you for calling attention to women everywhere who face hardships (and risk of death)…and thank you for the work you do!
For more information about National Women’s History Month during March (which overlaps International Women’s Day on March 8), see http://www.nwhp.org/aboutnwhp/index.php
The theme for the 2014 NWHP (National Women’s History Project) is: ‘Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.”
Check out the NWHP site to view this year’s impressive list of honorees.
Who would you list there?
And, of course, Social Workers put in long hours and work extremely hard at implementing positive change!! Grateful for the work you do each day! : )