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Afghan and Texan Women: More - Not - Less

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Women - More - Not - Less

Prized, placed on pedestals, pilloried, pinioned

Targets of eons-long, domination and control

Woman, thy names are: Trouble, Temerity, Triumph

Co-heirs of the planet, sovereign souls, sentient beings

Gifted and outspoken, still many atimes, cancelled, unheard, silenced

Women, birth canals of the human species; too often, rendered robotic birth-machines

Running on blind faith, desperate hope or wretched despair

First, yet also dastardly last, in freedom to exercise full, inherent, reproductive rights

Beyond-brave, bearers of familial, communal and societal burdens

Incubators of dreams, wide-awake and watchful, in a barbed, stinging universe of misogyny

Sages and healers, of their inner and outer realms

Deep wells of tenacity, courage and excellence

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Irene,

Just beautiful.

And reflecting your growing capacity for articulating both the best and worst of humanity.

If we are to have one, the future belongs to women.

Submitted on Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 at 3:07:39 PM

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Blair, thanks for the kind words. I hope you enjoy these quotes from famous women:

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.


Anais Nin


A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.


Eleanor Roosevelt


I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.


Mother Teresa


The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.


Susan B. Anthony


A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.


Nancy Rathburn


A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.


Diane Mariechild


Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.


Amelia Earhart


The best protection any woman can have " is courage.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton


We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.


Marie Curie


The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.


Alice Walker


One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.


Virginia Woolf


You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.


Maya Angelou


Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.


Madame Marie du Deffand

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Irene,

I love them and will find a way to pass at least some of it on.

Magnificent job!

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The frightful Taliban-dominated landscape is fraught with land mines, which could blow-up most, if not all progress, made in women's development in Afghanistan. The roles and value of women and the girl-child, in Afghan society writ-large, remains to be seen.

One hopes that the powers that be, will not create structures which cause women and girls to be viewed through the same lens, reserved for animate and inanimate chattel.

Meanwhile, the recent Texas State law impinging on women's reproductive rights, should also cause serious concern for the application and efficacy of the rule of law. Alarm bells should ring, regardless of which camp one belongs to - pro choice or otherwise. The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas challenging the Bill. In the words of Attorney-General Merrick Garland: "The Act is clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent."

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Humans have learned to oppress one another.

Apparently, some 7,000 years ago patriarchy swept the globe...and with it came the memes of "men over other men," "men over women," and "men over nature."

How long, and what will it take for us to outgrow this habit?

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