To the women who make us!! My great-Aunt died this morning - my father’s father’s sister. A woman who was a product of her generation from the incredible work ethic of the depression to making her sons cut switches for their own corporal punishments, who served us the vegetables we refused at dinner over our cornflakes, who sewed lace onto shirts boys wouldn’t keep tucked in, who told us without ceremony things we didn’t want to hear, who sent us money for “pantyhose or pencils” in university because she felt there was a debt to be paid there, who knew all the lyrics to every song between 1920 and 1970, who adored her baby brother and brought all that love to bear on his children and grandchildren, and who could go unseen and unvisited by me for years and still be beloved enough that I know a certain era has ended and it is time to mourn. Be at peace “Auntie Em”, Ironpants Emily, Ant Emily the Grasshopper’s wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother. Be at peace.
Imam Du Shuzheng rebelled against her family more than 50 years ago to become a female imam in China. She has trained more than 70 women to become imams, but now there are few girls who want to enter the profession because of its low pay. Chinese Muslims have an age old tradition of female imams and female-only mosques run by women for women as spiritual, social, and charitable centers. Hat tip to zuleikha for reminding me again of this amazing phenomenon of women masjids in China. You can learn more on this HERE.
I honestly never knew anything about this and am now incredibly intrigued. To the internets!!!
Tehran, Iran - Iranian women gather in front of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran to show their support of anti-Wall Street demonstrators in the United States on October 22, 2011. UPI.Maryam Rahmanian [source]
Awesome, kick-ass Iranian women supporting Occupy Wall Street.
If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, you at least have to go to the 6:30-ish mark and watch her passion, anger, and disappointment as she lays into her colleagues. It made me tear up a bit.
From The Texas Tribune:
The lower chamber erupted into a gender war of sorts this afternoon, with Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, angrily accusing a special interest group of sexism and using exploitative images, and Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, suggesting that some lawmakers have pornography visible on the House floor.
Thompson gave an impassioned personal privilege speech over flyers passed out in the House chamber about an insurance bill, HB 2093. The flyer, which was printed by the Texas Civil Justice League, said “Don’t Expand the Nanny State,” and had a graphic picture of a child suckling a woman’s bare breast.
“I am really disgusted, and I’m really ashamed, that there’s nothing better for some organizations than kicking women,” Thompson said, at times screaming into the microphone as many female lawmakers gathered in support. “I am appalled that the Texas Civil Justice League would go so low that they would put out these kind of hateful, resentful, bitter, despicable and violent flyers toward women just to get at a piece of legislation passed.”
E. Lee Parsley, the president and general counsel of the Texas Civil Justice League, wrote in an apology email that the flyer was a draft that was “never considered appropriate,” and that the existing copies should’ve been destroyed. He said he “showed extremely poor judgment” in handing the flyer to someone not associated with the Texas Civil Justice League, who scanned and distributed it.
“I am very sorry the offensive piece exists at all and that you had to see it,” he wrote. “It was in poor taste, and I accept complete responsibility.”
Following Thompson’s speech, Riddle came to the back microphone and said the flyers aren’t the only things offensive to women on the House floor. She suggested she’s even seen “pornography” as lawmakers work in the lower chamber.
“You are a hero,” Riddle said to Thompson. “Do you think this has become standard operating procedure … with the way some of the men have treated some of the women? With pornography on the floor of the House?”
After the House adjourned, Riddle said her comments referred to an isolated incident where a male lawmaker displayed pornographic material on his cellphone. She declined to say who the lawmaker is, but said the issue has been resolved.
Thompson’s speech received a standing ovation. Following the speech, Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer asked the speaker if a handful of male lawmakers could arrange a meeting to ensure there was no objectification of women in the chamber.
ROCK ON REP SENFRONIA THOMPSON!!
Something amazing out of Texas during a week when I am absolutely disgusted by our state legislature.
Well done Representative Thompson. Long, but worth every second.
“Women are key actors in this historical moment of Egypt,” Mozn Hassan, executive director of the Cairo-based Nazra for Feminist Studies, wrote Women’s eNews at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2, moments after the Egyptian army fired warning shots in Cairo in a bid to break up violent clashes. “Women are giving a statement that they are working closely with men to change Egypt.”
- From http://bit.ly/evL8hF