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Wednesday, March 09, 2005
You've come a long way, baby


 No longer barefoot and pregnant?

Yesterday was International Women's Day.  I know this because Google told me so by having a female symbol in its logo.  Otherwise, I would have missed all the hoopla on my way to download some porn.

I'll postpone any musings on the details for the care and maintenance of a happy penis for another day and stick to this topic.  Believe it or not, as a bricklayer, I wasn't exposed to very many credit hours of instruction about Women's Studies.  Well, except perhaps the on-the-job training of how to properly cat-call from a scaffolding high above the sidewalk or how to pick up bored cubicle muffins in the local bar.

Unlike my Leisure Suit Larry activities, International Women's Day has a history going back to the turn of the last century.  And, as my happy little image above suggests, it also has a direct connection with the world today.

Widely recognized as two of the most powerful women of influence in the world, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and First Lady Laura Bush had something to share with the class on this auspicious day.  Apparently, it seems that IWD really is more than just a fake Google observance.

Christine, from Ms. Magazine blog, had a great blockquote from an AP report that put some perspective on the issues for me:
Nafis Sadik, a special adviser on AIDS to Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former head of the U.N. Population Fund, said governments spend more than $900 billion on the military while the world's richest countries spend less than $70 billion on development assistance and only about $3 billion of that amount goes to gender equality programs.

"What contributes more to security, $3 billion invested in women or the $900 billion squandered on weapons?" Sadik said to loud applause. "It is time for political leaders to stop talking about peace and really start investing in it."
When you break it down like that, it's fairly clear we might do better as a species promoting some maternal instincts on our happy little spinning ball of mud.  But, I knew that already.

My mom was a single parent and was one of those Rosie the Riveter ladies.  She was too smart, and rebellious, and graduated from some shithole public school in Detroit when she was sixteen years old.  Her mother raised her and an older sister in the height of the Great Depression, after Mr. Happy Grandad bailed on Grandma for the perceived greener pastures of England in the 1930s.

I think my mom and aunt loved that stupid lame-ass, because it's a family rule, but I never met him because he died in Belfast while I was doing Ronald Reagan's work on the border with the "Evil Empire" of that time period.







[Headphones] :: Democrusader - JfZ   NEW


Posted at 11:21 am by John Furie Zacharias

Lyly
March 10, 2005   11:31 AM PST
 
My grandmother was a "Rosie the Riveter" too.

Like your finished "Democrusader." :-)
Akira3099
March 10, 2005   01:44 PM PST
 
Heh.. I just finished my "Evil Empire" Comic this morning... wierd..

I like the additions to "Democrusader".
Jezebel
March 10, 2005   04:26 PM PST
 
Me three on having a Rosie the Riveter granny. Nice post.
wailfulrhyme
March 11, 2005   04:55 PM PST
 
*raises hand* ooo can i join? my granny was a Rosie the Riveter as well. She actually got to go to a community college later though and became an artist.

All that cancels out though because eventually the war ended, my grandfather came to town and they got married....

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....meow.
Gloria
March 12, 2005   09:47 PM PST
 
I had three grandmas. Nifty, eh?
 

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