What would have once sounded like a far-fetched feminist fantasy – women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in one country in the world, Rwanda.
In fact, women are making gains throughout all of Africa, but these achievements have been met with a loud silence from the western feminist movement.
BAD GIRLS DO IT WELL
The Gulabi gang is a group of women vigilantes active across North India. It is named after the pink saris worn by its members. The group was founded as a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against women. Gulabis visit abusive husbands and beat them with bamboo sticks. In 2008, they stormed an electricity office and forced officials to restore the power they had cut to extract bribes. The Gulabis have also stopped child marriages and protested dowry and female illiteracy.
Will never not reblog Gulabi gang.
We need to learn from the Gulabi gang.
[TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENT RAPE]
Indian police fired tear gas, batons and water cannons against protesters in the capital New Delhi as thousands demanded the death penalty for five men who raped a 23-year-old student. Some of the demonstrators sustained injuries.
Crowds of protesters attempted to make their way to the presidential mansion at Raisina Hill and then tried to break through steel barricades surrounding a high-security zone where the presidential mansion, the prime minister’s office and various ministries are located.
The protesters carried banners that read ‘Save women, save India’ and ‘Hang the rapists.’ Police cracked down on the rally after some demonstrators began to throw stones at security forces.[more to read if you click; warning for rape, violence]
To all the women who quietly made history.
This reminds me of this:
Finally, and this is important: even those women who weren’t inventors and intellectuals, even those women who really did spend all their lives doing stereotypical “women’s work”—they also built this world. The mundane labor of life is what makes everything else possible. Before you can have scientists and engineers and artists, you have to have a whole bunch of people (and it’s usually women) to hold down the basics: to grow and harvest and cook the food, to provide clothes and shelter, to fetch the firewood and the water, to nurture and nurse, to tend and teach. Every single scrap of civilized inventing and dreaming and thinking rides on top of that foundation. Never forget that.
Bisabuela Juanita, Abuelita María Lucha Quintana.
Though barred from combat, women in military service do have de facto roles in combat. Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs lost her legs in combat while piloting a Black Hawk helicopter. “When I’m asked if the country is ready for women in combat, I look down at where my legs used to be and think, ‘Where do you think this happened, a bar fight?’“
Consider supporting Tammy Duckworth for Congress, please! Don’t you want to see the Republicans in Congress having to give their stupid speeches while she looks at them with a “Oh please!” side-eye?
"Despite her injuries, she declined a military medical retirement and continues to drill as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard."
THAT SOUNDS TERRIFYING TBQH fuck yes we need her in congress
Things I did not know, but should.
This is a post that might save a life.
My mom worked for 25 years as an ER nurse and is convinced that a lot of women die simply because folks only know heart attack symptoms that occur in males.
I am a female heart patient. I had had persistent angina (heart pain) that felt like severe indigestion for several weeks before I decided to take myself to the emergency room because both my parents were heart patients. The cardiologists on staff were reluctant to consider that an active 31-year-old woman could be having cardiac symptoms, but luckily one of them took the situation seriously because of my family history. An angiogram revealed that a major artery of my heart - the left anterior descending (LAD) - was more than 95% blocked. A small blood clot could have blocked it entirely at any time, causing a heart attack. The blockage was reduced to below 30% by angioplasty, and I have been well in the 20+ years since then (I have annual cardiology checkups). But yes, women have heart disease, and the symptoms are often different and seemingly less severe than in men with similar degrees of illness.
My mom recently had heart surgery. One of her valves was failing. It took hours for me to convince her that she needed to go to the hospital because she wasn’t experiencing “normal” signs and symptoms because no one talks about how things are different for women. I am an EMT and she still hesitated to listen to me because of what she had been told all of her life. I have responded to several calls like this.