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Find your passion, find your voice

On this mid-week after Women’s Equality Day, here are some gems of wisdom from around the globe, on the rightful equality of women. Which is your favorite? 

This quote-image includes a photograph of Malala Yousafzai in a pink hijab, and her words, "We cannot succeed when half of us are held back."

How can we work toward the goal of equality for women? One thing every one of us can do is advocate. Call, engage on social media, and/or write to your representatives on the local, state, and national level.

This quote-image shows a photograph of Hillary Rodham Clinton, along with her words: "Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely--and the right to be heard."

What cause calls most to you? Greater educational opportunities for girls worldwide? Women’s equality? Breaking the power of human trafficking? Advocating for more comprehensive access to reproductive health care? Advocacy for victims of rape or incest?Wage equality? Stronger protections for victims of domestic violence?

This quote-image shows a black-and-white photo of Iranian politician and women's rights advocate Mahnaz Afkhami, along with her words: "Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights."

Whatever your passion, whatever your cause, engagement is only an online search away. Become as involved as your time and resources allow, be that a letter every month or so, or something much more intensive. The important thing is to step up, speak up, and bring your values more fully into your community life.

What have some of your advocacy experiences been? Please share, if you’re willing, in the comments section below.

IMAGES: Many thanks to the Women’s Rights Facebook Page, for the quote-image from Malala Yousafzai; to AZ Quotes for the words and image of Hillary Clinton; and to a different AZ Quotes page for the image and quote from Mahnaz Afkhami. I appreciate them all!

Three voices from three centuries make an important point

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Women’s History Month is coming to an end soon. Perhaps it’s time to make some evaluations, based on the words of strong women from history. 

Do you feel well-represented?

This is a quote-image combination graphic that features a black-and-white engraving of a Gilbert Stuart portrait of influential American political thinker Abigail Adams, along with some of the words she wrote: "If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation."

How do you think today’s political parties measure up, by this standard?

This quote-image features a black-and-white photo of the American women's suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony, and her words: "No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party who ignores her sex."

How well do you think our international agreements align with this principle?

This quote-image features a color photograph of the contemporary Afghan political leader and feminist Fawzia Koofi, along with her words: "women's rights must not be the sacrifice by which peace is achieved."

These are three different women from three different time periods. But each reminds us that women matter enormously

I do not believe we can settle for having our needs left unmet in the name of “not the right time,” “strategic compromise,” or some imagined “greater good” that does not include good for us. 

But each reminds us that women matter enormously. I do not believe we can settle for having our needs left unmet in the name of “not the right time,” “strategic compromise,” or some imagined “greater good” that does not include good for us. 

How much of that have you seen in your own life?

IMAGES: Many thanks to AZ Quotes, for the words of Abigail Adams, to Nomadic Politics, for the quote from Susan B. Anthony, and to AZ Quotes once again, for the quote-image featuring the remarkable Afghan leader Fawzia Koofi. Many thanks to all!

Glaringly clear

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IMAGE: Many thanks to izquotes (found via Quotesurf) for this quotation from Julie Christie.

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