Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Petitions To Protests To Prison?

Many years ago the Catholic Church drove me away because it was plain to see they considered all women inferior, mindless, and in need of perpetual guidance from males.

Church officials depended on the work of women parishioners but that is what it was: women's work.

Today both political parties have convinced me that they, too, believe women are inferior, mindless, and in need of perpetual guidance from males. They, too, depend on the work of women, especially the boiler room girls, to keep the parties moving along.

There is a modern twist to this attitude toward women today because it is finally acknowledged by most males, political and otherwise, that women are half of humanity, more than half of the voting public, and far less than 20% of the leadership in America.

The Democrats have their Closet Skeletons in History about the treatment of women. The most famous story is the Wilson White House trying to put Alice Paul into a mental institution for not minding the men in 1917. The other part of that story is that District of Columbia law enforcement made certain women petitioners and then protesters would go down in history for obstructing sidewalk traffic in Washington D.C. and promptly going to jail for it.

Now the Republicans have the perfect candidate for GOP Closet Skeleton in History in Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina. Regardless of his tea party flirtations, this Senator along with another, has put a hold on legislation that honors the history of women in the USA. As the outspoken party in this, DeMint says there is no need for an American Women's History Museum on the mall in our nation's capital. Citing other entities that have a similar mission, he declares that it is only a matter of time before these groups ask Congress for money.

Gail Collins, New York Times columnist, wrote about this subject recently and here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/25/opinion/25collins.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss}

In case it has been forgotten, the National Museum of Women in the Arts is housed in Washington D.C. because an art collecting American couple noticed in world travels in the 1960s that not a single woman artist was featured in a single museum of art anywhere in the world.

That sad situation was corrected by this couple and now this arts museum is housed in the old Masonic Temple in D.C. This is a fitting tribute to the ascending status of women because Masons revere the sacred feminine yet exclude women members.

The "ascending status of women" is the key phrase here because Senator DeMint and his party (no longer my party) are looking to begin the "descending status of women."

If you wish to see this privately funded, not taxpayer funded, museum showcasing the history of American women, please go to www.nwhm.org and sign the petition calling on Congress to act on stalled legislation.

In addition, another worthwhile website to learn about what American women have done in the last 234 years, go to:

National Women's History Project
3440 Airway Dr Ste F
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
http://www.nwhp.org

The time has come to stop any descending status of women in America.

3 comments:

  1. Julia: Thanks again for informing us about the objections to the American Woman's History Museum. What ridiculous reasoning! Senator DeMint should be ashamed of himself. Because I am an artist, I found myself so excited to actually visit a museum dedicated to just the art works of women. I didn't know the history of the building; how ironic. The whole experience inspired me to continue with my art and other creative projects. Just think what will happen to women and especially students, if they can see the achievements of the women who have gone before them!
    Linda King

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  2. You point out a highly important fact when you say, "Just think what will happen to women and especially students if they can see the achievements of the women who have gone before them!

    It is possible that there are those of both sexes who do not want women to emulate what other successful women have achieved. Sadly, there are still female "capos" out there who monitor women to reinforce societal and cultural rules for women. Since this is a male world, those rules are in keeping with male control.

    Thanks for your quick comment about this blog! Women's history has been squashed for far too long so let us hope DeMint is unsuccessful in his drive to repress women even further.

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  3. Julia: When I see your posts, I think of women who have been raped with the assistance of a "date rape" drug. When are we going to "wake up" and realize that 21st Century politics is raping all women--not necessarily sexually, but cetainly in robbing us of our equal standing with men? We are higly intelligent, pehaps even harder working than men, and it is criminal that our contributions to society and commerce are so often ignored.

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