Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!
I did not grow up in a culture that promoted Julia Ward Howe’s view of women. In fact, in my community, it was men who were made in the image of and spoke for god. But, girls and women were so valuable that they were kept silent and “cared for”. Now that was probably critical for safety in ancient village times. But, the impact within my mother’s circle of friends was that many did not learn to drive, to write a check, to question ideas. They were not encouraged to participate in matters of importance, to be in councils as decisions makers. They spoke of babies, diapers, recipes, and their husband’s dreams.
It wasn’t until I was well past 40 and a widow raising 9 children, 7 of those children daughters, that I realized that there may be more to the world than I had accepted. When I looked back at my childhood, my mother was invisible although she was the major physical presence in our home.
Thanks to Kari Hillery for her marvelous music! One World Kari’s website
And thanks to your for being in the audience. Without you, Weaving the World would not exist!
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