Friday, June 27, 2008

I am woman

even though I'm on the road right now and don't usually post while away, I still want to play tugboat dave's weekly photo challenge (the theme is women!). now that ched showed me how I can actually schedule posts I can play even if I'm not at home and near my computer (and all my photos)! the picture above was taken during 1989 at a massive march for women's equality and women's lives.

speaking of women's equality don't you find it distressing that the united states has never passed an equal rights amendment. during most of the twentieth century the equal rights amendment was a rallying cry for much organizing and women's mobilization. the language of the equal rights amendment is very simple:
Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.
I guess guaranteeing women equal rights is way too threatening a concept in these united states....

have you seen this incredible celebration of womanhood, as seen by artists over the centuries?



helen reddy singing her classic 'I am woman' (1972)

11 comments:

dennis said...

Dennis likes strong women who are able to go out and have a career that makes them feel happy, and buy cat food without having to worry about having enough money.

Steve said...

It's shameful that this country failed to ratify the ERA. (And puzzling, too!)

I've gotta get some lessons in automatic posting. That sounds like it would solve a lot of my problems!

Coffee Messiah said...

It's indeed surprising that a people can come so far in everything and actually have done so little to further the equality of all mankind, no matter gender, origin of living etc, etc.

Just goes to show we aren't as superior as we think we are.

And, if you don't mind my saying so, if religion is so good, why do they continue to divide so much, even between themselves.

That's why I've never followed or believed.

Er, end of mini rant......

d. chedwick said...

I agree with Coffee Messiah-- religion divides, just as racism divides, it makes people think we are all separate, instead of connected. If we could see our connectedness, we could feel our connectedness, and then live it, and there wouldn't be this inequality (in so many areas!)

Barbara said...

Love the video. I had seen it before, but enjoyed another round.

lettuce said...

it does seem puzzling to me too - what exactly is the rationale for resisting?

not that equal rights legislation leads to equal rights in practice, sadly

i hadn't seen the video - interesting and very nicely put together.

and one of my most favourite ever pieces of music. when i need to lie on the floor in a dark room, alone, and listen to music, this is what i choose.

lettuce said...

... the bach cello that is, rather than the helen reddy


nothing against helen reddy...

i'll stop dithering and go away...

Lee's River said...

amazing video!

as for politics...

Gary said...

I was not aware that the ERA was never passed. However, women's rights and the rights of many other groups have come such a long way - thanks goodness.

I loved watching Helen Reddy sing on this clip. She looks kind of out of it (a little high perhaps?) and above it all but sounds terrific.

cbb said...

How wonderful that you remind us of these issues! I work with teenage girls and I'm often surprised at how unnecessary feminism seems to them. It makes me wonder if being female feels less restrictive for their generation than it felt for mine.

I'm really hopeful that breaking the racial barrier for president suggests that gender barriers will also go, but women still earn around 75% of men's wages. Unlike what Virginia Slims wanted us to believe, we've still got a long way to go, baby.

WAT said...

I love the collage of women in art! I LOVE ART PERIOD! Being a woman nowadays certainly beats being one back in the past though. Much work is still yet to be done of course, but watching THE OTHER BOLEYN SISTER on DVD recently reminded me of how truly powerless women were in those days. U gots to see that movie if u haven't. I may post a review soon.

Yes, the fact one can now blog post now for future publishing is quite a neat thang ain't it? I may need to do this sometime.