Sunday, August 26, 2012

"Women have been trained to

speak softly and carry a lipstick. Those days are over." ~~Bella Abzug

Today, August 26, is Women's Equality Day ~ women were "given" the vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment was finally certified (it had been introduced in 1878!).  Bella Abzug introduced the legislation for the resolution to mark the day, and every President since 1971 has published the proclamation.

An excerpt from President Obama's Proclamation:
Today, women are nearly 50 percent of our workforce, the majority of students in our colleges and graduate schools, and a growing number of breadwinners in their families. From business to medicine to our military, women are leading the fields that were closed off to them only decades ago. We owe that legacy of progress to our mothers and aunts, grandmothers and great-grandmothers -- women who proved not only that opportunity and equality do not come without a fight, but also that they are possible. Even with the gains we have made, we still have work to do. As we mark this 92nd anniversary of the 19th Amendment, let us reflect on how far we have come toward fully realizing the basic freedoms enshrined in our founding documents, rededicate ourselves to closing the gaps that remain, and continue to widen the doors of opportunity for all of our daughters and sons.
In the spirit of the day, I bring you some treasures of women in the shop.  They actually make a fun display.
I also have some neat pins made from ribbon symbolizing the classic film actresses of the past.  Think of the dynamics that these women went through compared to the Angelina Jolies and Jennifer Annistons of today.
This is an old powder to what is on the shelves of the boxes today...vintage has so much more appeal...
Pictured here are some more vintage treasures...a little toothpick holder...or it could be a vase...the top of an old German pincushion doll...still charming...a little "storybook" doll...

And, of course, the traditional planters...many were done by Hull Pottery.

So, if you are a woman, remember those who struggled to get women the rights...consider how many women are small business owners...they are able to be independent because women in the 19th century championed those rights.  We stand on their shoulders, and we cannot let those women down.
"Because man and woman are the complement of one another, we need woman's thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable government." ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)

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