Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Women's Equality Day 2015

I know there are some who will object to this special day commemorating women being able to vote because there are some people who don't see women as equals. This very fact that there are these dissenters makes me want to celebrate the few steps to equality women have made.

We have Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY) to thank for this day becoming official. In 1971, she requested the U.S. Congress designate August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

The history of this massive, peaceful civil rights movement is full of fascinating insights into how hard some individuals will work to hold on to their narrow views and how others will work even harder to change views in order to make a fairer society.

This movement had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. 

Were any of your grandmothers involved in the fight to get the vote for women?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Have you ever wondered how your neighbors view you?

Have you read the poetry of Emily Dickinson? I find it interesting to exam how the people during a person's life looks at an artist and how a future generation might view this artist with a different lens.

 "In 1882, Mabel Loomis Todd recorded her impressions of her mysterious Amherst neighbor. Emily Dickinson always wore white and had her hair arranged 'as was the fashion fifteen years ago.' 'She writes the strangest poems, and very remarkable ones,' Mrs. Todd noted in her journal, adding, 'She is in many respects a genius.'"

None of us would disagree that Emily Dickinson was a genius. Her remarkable poems are still being taught in schools. Since Dickinson lived the majority of her adult life in seclusion, one wonders how she could write such worldly material. When she died in 1886, her sister asked Mabel Todd to copy and edit the poems. In 1890 the first volume was published and the world discovered Emily Dickinson.

Would love to hear your views.