Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Today Tuesday October 23, 2012 the woman of the Day is Sharmeka Moffitt. This woman deserves our attention. I am sickened by the lack of humanity.
Labels: victim of violence
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Awesome Woman of the Day for Wednesday, October 17, 2012, is Elizabeth
George Speare (November 21, 1908 – November 15, 1994), U.S.A.,
award-winning author of children’s historical fiction.
still remember the first time I read The Witch of Blackbird Pond,
probably Speare’s best-known work. Kit Tyler was perhaps the most
dynamic female character I had ever encountered at the ripe old age of
9, unless you count the capitulation of Jo March from single career
woman to wife and mother (but that’s a different awesome woman for a
different day). Kit, to me, was unique in what I saw as a mix of good
and bad traits and bents and how her journey reflected on the good and
bad elements of her origins in Barbados and her home in puritanical
Connecticut. She was privileged beyond belief (and don’t even get me
started on the unwritten-about costs of that privilege), but her
privilege came with a freedom of thought and movement that was
completely incomprehensible to her pilgrim cousins.
accustoms herself to her new surroundings, she learns life skills –
ninja skills, really, both in terms of functioning authentically within a
restrictive environment and in finding inner peace even when the people
around you are completely insane. And she becomes an authentic
heroine. The book has its own ninja skills at work exploring both the
benefits of cooperative society and the risks and burdens of religious
oppression (especially sexism) without rocking the patriarchal boat so
hard that fifth grade teachers couldn’t assign the book in class.
Virtually all of the important characters are female, and all of the
book’s important themes are viewed from female perspectives. And my 11
year old son, whose class has been assigned the book, hasn’t complained
The book was written in 1958, so, of course, it ends
with Kit finding her happily ever after with the right man. But he at
least seems to appreciate her for who she is and to be okay with the
concept of being her equal.
So, for that, I thank Ms. Speare.
For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Labels: children's author
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Tuesday October 16, 2012 the Awesome Woman of the day is Malala
Yousafzai (born July 12, 1997) from the town of Mingora in Swat
District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. She is the incredibly
brave 15yr old who defied the Taliban and spoke out about the importance
of an education for young women. The Taliban banned her (and all girls)
from going to school where she lives in Swat Valley.
occupied by the Taliban from March 2009 until May 2009, when the
Pakistani Army regained control of the area. During the conflict, when
she was 12 years old, she championed the cause of the people of Swat by
blogging a diary for the BBC under a pseudonym “Gul Makai” about the
atrocities of the Tehrik-i-Taliban regime. She volunteered to contribute
to the blog when a journalist friend of her fathers could not find any
other young girl to speak out.
In her blogging, she was very
confident. In the tribal area where she grew up, it is difficult for a
child to talk to their elders, they are often shy, but she is not. She
also has a very good political understanding of her area. Her father is a
big influence on her, because he was a political activist and he talks
to her to explain to her about the environment. Therefore, she has good
knowledge of the area and she was trained by her father how to talk to
the media. She is also a very keen observer. When she was writing her
diary, it was like the voice of Swat Valley. Malala's diary, had a
journalistic appeal for the local and international Media. Pakistani
media was not highlighting the humanitarian issues but trying to show
the world that it was only a security problem. However, this diary gave a
humanitarian face to the tragedy, which attracted the International
For her courageous and outstanding services for the
promotion of peace under extremely hostile conditions, she was awarded
the first National Peace Award by the Pakistani government on 19
December 2011. Speaking to the media afterwards, she expressed her
intent to form a political party focused on education.
Government Girls Secondary School, Mission Road, was immediately renamed
Malala Yousufzai Government Girls Secondary School in her honour.She
was named after Malalai of Maiwand, a Pashtun poet and warrior woman.
The international children’s advocacy group KidsRights Foundation
included Yousafzai among the nominees for the International Children’s
Peace Prize, making her the first Pakistani girl nominated for the
award. South African Nobel laureate Desmund Tutu announced the
nominations during a 2011 ceremony in Amsterdam, Holland, but Yousafzai
did not win the prize.
On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the
head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while
returning home on a school bus. Ihsanullah Ihsan, the chief spokesman
for the Pakistani Taliban, officially claimed responsibility for the
attack, saying that she is symbolic of obscenity and has spread negative
A group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan have issued a
fatwā against those who tried to kill her. The Taliban has reiterated
its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin.
She is currently fighting for her life after being transported to a Hospital in the UK.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Today Tuesday October 9 2012 the WOD is Edna Adan, an inspiring advocate for women and girls. Her maternity hospital in Somaliland is an oasis of healing and care for the country's women.
Adan was raised in
Somaliland in an educated and wealthy family, when the country was a
protectorate of the British Empire. When she was 15, a girls' school
opened in Somaliland. Adan went to work there as a student teacher and
also received private lessons. She was permitted to sit for exams, in a
room separate from the boys, and was the first Somali girl awarded one
of a few coveted scholarships to study in Britain. She spent seven years
there, studying nursing, midwifery and hospital management.
she returned home to Somaliland, Adan became the first qualified
nurse-midwife in the country and the first Somali woman to drive a car.
She later became the first lady when she married Somaliland's prime
minister, Ibrahim Egal. After they divorced, Adan was recruited to join
the World Health Organization (WHO), where she held various key
positions advocating for the abolition of harmful traditional practices,
such as female genital cutting.
But Adan never let go of a
life-long dream to build a hospital, so upon retiring from the WHO she
sold all of her possessions, including her beloved Mercedes, and
returned to Somaliland to make her dream a reality. There was only one
available plot of land within the capital of Hargeisa, land which since
the civil war had been used as a trash dump. But it was in the poor area
of town, near those who needed the hospital the most. So she negotiated
with the president, her ex-husband, and obtained the land for her
When the structure was completed but the roof not yet
installed, the project ran out of money. But with assistance from the
Friends of Edna's Hospital and in-kind donations from local merchants,
Adan finished construction and the hospitalopened in 2002. Since then,
Adan has focused her efforts on a new goal: training and dispatching
1,000 qualified midwives throughout Somaliland. Adan continues to work
as the hospital's director and strives to improve the lives and health
of women throughout her country.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Fannie Lou Hamer - Awesome Woman - Voting Rights Advocate
History in Pictures features just a few of the many stories that are often left out of the textbooks. The sources for these stories include: This Week in History from Peace Buttons (http://www.peacebuttons.info/
E-News/thisweek.htm), Planning to Change the World: A Social Justice Plan Book for Teachers (http://www.justi...See More