Good morning family, how are you doing this morning? I woke up this morning to another weird dream. Yesterday it was hearing the sound of a howling wolf and the name Daphne that woke me out of a deep sleep and then this morning it was a dream about kids running to me and yelling my name and then screaming, “Earthquake!” that woke me up at 5:30 am!
Anyhew… it’s International Woman’s Day today. As a woman with 49 years on this planet, and this is just me saying this, I don’t feel like things have really changed all that much during my lifetime. What do I mean by that? It just doesn’t feel like things have really gotten much better for women, especially in this country. It even seems like things are peddling back to worse…more archaic than they were before. It feels like a lot of what our foremothers, including my Grandma, fought for is still having to be fought for. Actions speak louder than words and the actions towards women of this country and world speak volumes….the rhetoric doesn’t match the deeds. If women are equal to men then treat them and pay them accordingly!
http://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/ – excerpt only. Go to this link for reports and more information.
The Big Number: 80 Percent
Did you know that in 2015, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 80 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 20 percent? While the number has gone up one percentage point from 2014, the change isn’t statistically significant — because the increase is so small, mere tenths of a percent, it doesn’t amount to perceptible change. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the earnings ratio hasn’t had significant annual change since 2007. The gap has narrowed since the 1970s, due largely to women’s progress in education and workforce participation and to men’s wages rising at a slower rate. Still, the pay gap does not appear likely to go away on its own. At the rate of change between 1960 and 2015, women are expected to reach pay equity with men in 2059. But even that slow progress has stalled in recent years. If change continues at the slower rate seen since 2001, women will not reach pay equity with men until 2152.
Where: Everywhere. What: International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/international-women-day-article-1.2991204 – excerpt, use link for entire article.
How it started: International Women’s Day was officially declared by the United Nations in 1975. Prior to that, the day had been celebrated in various forms since 1909. The two most official origin dates are the 1909 Socialist Party of America’s declaration of March 8th as “National Women’s Day” (honoring a women’s labor strike the year before) and the International Women’s Day conference held on March 19th in Copenhagen in 1911.
Some quotes that resonated with me this morning:
Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
“Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.” (I would add, other women to this lol!)
― Joseph Conrad,
“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
― Anaïs Nin
“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
― Brigham Young
“Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.”
― George Carlin,
“As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.”
― John Lennon
“When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch.”
― Bette Davis
“Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget.”
― Robert Jordan