Happy Women’s Day! It’s lovely to have a day and even month (in the U.S.) to celebrate the contributions women have made in society.
My husband asked me yesterday in a sarcastic tone, “so, when is Men’s day” – I gently reminded him that for the last several thousand years men have pretty much ruled each day – so they can spare a day or two. He agreed… smart man! His question actually helps me segue way into what I hope will encourage conversation and thoughts about current structures of patriarchy that still exist in our society.
For the month of March, and for the kick off of themes on this blog, I want to look at Patriarchy. What is it? Why is it important to be aware of it? How does it rule in our societies today.
I have one foot in South Africa (where I currently live) and one foot in America (my homeland) and I can see such different outcomes in two societies where patriarchy is very much still alive.
How can we, as a culture and as members of the global community, involve, educate, and inspire girls in a positive way?
I just finished reading Keli Goff’s article on Loop21.com about the National Women’s History Museum that will not require anything but allocation of land by Congress and Senate – it won’t cost tax payers a cent. Yet the museum has been seeking congressional approval for the land necessary to begin construction for more than a decade. This is such a very overt example of how patriarchal structures are still at play, especially in a male-dominated U.S. Congress and Senate.
What an incredible way to educate our girls and our community, then to have a museum, to incorporate women into the history of the U.S. and beyond. So here is one way, on this Women’s Day, to be a part of honoring women around the world. Do your part and tell officials to support the National Women’s History Museum. Here is how:
Please tell your elected officials that you support the National Women’s History Museum.
To locate and contact your member of Congress click here.
To locate and contact your Senators click here.
Sample Letter below:Dear Rep./Sen. X,
It has recently come to my attention that the National Women’s History Museum has been seeking congressional approval for the land necessary to begin construction for more than a decade. I support recognizing the extraordinary contributions of women to our great nation therefore I support the National Women’s History Museum. As your constituent, it is extremely important to me that you demonstrate your support for this museum too. Women’s History Month seems an appropriate time to request an update regarding how you plan to vote on the National Women’s History Museum Act when given the opportunity to do so. I look forward to hearing from you.
To support the National Women’s History Museum directly, please click here.