As I sit here wondering who to focus my first Woman of the Month article on, the question hit me, what is it like to be brave, when the world seems to be against you and sees you as only a one dimension being?. So often viewed as a person that is only good for having children, rearing them, and cooking.
Who would be that badass that would kick us off?
Who is that woman? There are so many, then it hit me. Yes, a Suffragette.
Of course, America’s first speak it out loud freedom fighter abolitionist. Someone who set the foundation for women that wanted their rights and a right to vote. She wanted this badly enough that she would step in front of an oncoming train to stop it!
None other than, the first president of National American Woman Suffrage Association, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton and Lucretia Mott were in a group of abolitionist activists, mostly woman but some men, who got together in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss the problems of women’s rights.
In the convention they agreed that women were autonomous individuals who deserved their own political identities and they made their own declaration of Independence.
Whoa! I said shouting “Thank you!” out loud. I then thought If there wasn’t a shrine with her face on it, then Gloria Steinem, myself and women of the free world need to be doing a morning puja’s* until her face appears!
I kept trying to see myself back then and asking what would I do? Would I go to jail for standing in front of a store with a sign, speaking out, yelling then throwing rocks to get someone to take me seriously? WOW!?
When you don’t have something it becomes urgent and dear. The beginning of anything worthwhile is huge, scary, important and yet worthwhile even if you can’t see the end.
If it wasn’t for their bravery we would not have the rights that we have today.
It’s so easy to take things in life for granted and say oh well, not today. Or my voice doesn’t matter so I won’t vote, etc. Well, yes, it does. Even in the face of disagreement, hate, anger, overt legal oppression and the real legal fear of losing your children, home, money not to mention you’ll be shunned and be put out on the streets. Everything taken away, everything along with everything you love so dear, gone. Just to be You and to be heard, honored etc.
I honor Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and everything single woman who stood by her and those who were alone. They gave us all the opportunity, starting in 1800’s, to live with the possibility that freedom is for all, not just the one group.
Freedoms are so often taken for granted. Today and everyday, let’s all be a little more grateful for just waking up to share what we have. Know that everything that is free, was fought for by some amazing brave women. And she probably did it with a baby in her arms and a husband by her side to stand for what we have today. Happy Holidays and Thank you Elizabeth Cady Stanton!
August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they, like men, deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
Definition – What does Puja mean?
Puja is the act or ritual of worshiping or communicating with a god. Meaning “worship” in Sanskrit, puja centers on ideas of adoration, honor, worship and devotion. It is practiced through a ceremony, prayer, song or other ritual directed toward a particular god, oftentimes with an object or figure that assists in gaining access to the Divine.
Within the practice of yoga, individuals may seek to connect with the Divine through meditation and poses in order to communicate love and devotion to a specific god or guru.