Ladies Day

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day! 👩🏻👩🏻‍🦰👩🏿‍💼🤴🏽👮👷👩‍🚀👩‍🚒👩🏿‍⚕️👩‍🎓👩‍⚖️

According to the website, https://www.internationalwomensday.com (which I strongly recommend you check out today):

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

“IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.”

The theme for IWD in 2022 is, “#BreakTheBias.”

It calls on all of us to envision a world of equality, where gender bias, stereotyping and discrimination are no longer obstacles to progress.

It challenges all of us to closely examine our thoughts, words and actions in the course of an ordinary day, and becoming more aware of anytime we automatically default to our programmed biases against women.

To be blunt, women the world over are basically treated like $#!t, and yet, they’re the reason we’re all here. They deserve equal status in our society, and it’s going to take all of us to do our part to make that happen.

So, what are you going to do? Do you need to change your mind about women? How to think of them, speak to them, speak about them, treat them? Are you going to show them respect? If you’re their employer, will you pay them the same as the men who do the same work as them? If you work for them, will you respect their authority as you would that of a man in the same position?

And if you witness any gender bias in your environment, will you have the guts to call it out?

What are you going to do?

These are the questions I pose to you, and to myself, on this International Women’s Day. Women are simply asking to be treated fairly and respectfully, and they shouldn’t have to fight for that. It is their right.

Period.

Happy International Women’s Day, ladies! Revel in your magnificent sisterhood. This Texas man thanks you for all the gifts you bring to our world.

I sincerely apologize for anytime in my life I have exhibited bias against you; I acknowledge that is inexcusable. I think I’ve evolved some, and I promise to do more.

And may the day come to celebrate the end of discrimination and prejudice, and the beginning of new attitudes and actions that place women, all women, in the position of equality they so much deserve.

Love and Peace, y’all. #BreakTheBias!

When Is Someday?

Someday at Christmas, men won’t be boys
Playing with bombs like kids play with toys
One warm December our hearts will see
A world where men are free

Someday at Christmas, there’ll be no wars
When we have learned what Christmas is for
When we have found what life’s really worth
There’ll be peace on earth

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where men are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmas time

Someday at Christmas, we’ll see a land
With no hungry children, no empty hand
One happy morning people will share
A world where people care

Someday at Christmas, there’ll be no tears
When all men are equal and none have fears
One shining moment, one prayer away
From our world today

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where people are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmas time

Someday at Christmas, man will not fail
Hate will be gone and love will prevail
Someday a new world that we can start
With hope in every heart

Someday all our dreams will come to be
Someday in a world where people are free
Maybe not in time for you and me
But someday at Christmas time
Someday at Christmas time

Songwriters: Bryan Wells / Ronald Miller

Someday At Christmas lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

I love Stevie Wonder. Have for years. He’s one of the most gifted musicians and songwriters of our time, and a lifelong avatar of peace and love.

He didn’t write “Someday at Christmas”, but he sang it. Initially released as a single in 1966, it was eventually included on his album of the same name, a year later.

And this morning, I have not been able to get it out of my head.

It’s a beautiful song, one with a timeless message of peace and equality.

And the further away we get from 1966, the more we need to hear it.

As bad as times were in 1960’s America, a nation embroiled in civil unrest and a war in Vietnam, it sure seems worse now. Americans are turning against each other – race versus race, class versus class, gender versus gender, religion versus religion – with no resolution in sight.

And little or no regard for the rest of the world. Not our problem, ya know.

Someday still feels a long way off.

Aren’t you tired of waiting? I know I am.

Folks, those of us who’ve been sitting around wishing for Someday need to arrive at the realization that it ain’t ever gonna get here without our help.

Your help. My help.

Now, what you and I do to help is for each of us to determine, but let’s at least make the commitment here and now to do it.

Once I decide what it is I will do, I’ll let y’all know. And please share what you will do, as well, and let’s spur each other to action!

And if that makes me sound like a Pollyannaish dreamer, so be it. I know it’ll be tough. The opposition will be loud and violent. Those who want Someday to never happen will resist with all they have. They will definitely not go quietly.

But I believe, with our help, they will go. And love, justice and truth will prevail.

I’ll bet Stevie would rather not ever sing this song again, because Someday is finally here.

Let’s make that happen for him. And for us.

Here’s to the Women

 

I am strong, I am invincible, I am Woman. – Helen Reddy

Girls just wanna have fun. – Cyndi Lauper

 

Today is International Women’s Day! Women of the world, I celebrate you all!

According to the International Women’s Day website, “International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”

You have certainly achieved much in our history, and for that, you should be proud. However, the mountain you’re climbing, as you well know, is very high, very steep, and very treacherous.

Some men, with their cultures, their religions, their double standards, their smug condescension, their supreme arrogance and horrifying violence do everything they can to break your spirit, to break your will.

And still, you continue the fight; for respect, for equality, for your rightful place in this world, a world to which many of you deliver our next generation. And you love and care for those children the best you can, in the face of any adversity or hardship.

And you laugh and you sing and you dance and you hurt and you cry and you mourn and, most of all, you love.

Oh, yeah; you inspire, as well.

Be proud of who you are, today, women. We men could learn so much from you, if we would just freakin’ admit it.

I admit it. I’m just a little slow to learn, sometimes.

But you have my admiration and respect, today and every day.

Bless you all.