Belated MLK Day

I hate the excuse of “I’ve been busy” because everybody’s busy. But this past week I have been busy…and sick and in a strange headspace, so I apologize for the sporadic nature of posting. I realize that I completely skipped over Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past Monday, which is important, so I wanted to include some of his brilliant ideas and sayings this Friday in the usual Feminist Friday spot. My activism for feminism is rooted in the belief of equality, which is the principal for what Mr. King fought so passionately. So without further ado, the best of Pinterest quotes:

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Gender Equality is a Myth

For today’s Feminist Friday post, here’s an expert from The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink. This was written by Beyoncé and published on January 12th, 2014.

We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.

Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.

We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together. Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities.

(Originally posted here.)

An Electoral Note…

Because it’s my blog, and who doesn’t like stirring up a little somethin’ somethin’ on this fine Election Day Tuesday :)

I am thankful for my right to vote. I am thankful to be the only woman in a workplace of men. I am thankful to get respect from co-workers, my boss, and my government. I am thankful that the only person I am responsible to make sandwiches for is myself, and that I have the freedom to make my own decisions for my body. I am thankful that I live in a state that believes my friends and I are free to love and marry whomever we choose. And I am hopeful that when Americans cast their vote today, they realize the importance of all of this and that none of it can be taken for granted.

 

That’s all. Make sure all of you Americans are exercising your right to vote today!