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Remember the Ladies! (updated to our time: Remember the Marginalized!)

March 21, 2019

 

Happy Women’s History Month! 


Many American women have read the quote by Abigail Adams, the second First Lady of the U.S., who admonished her husband, John, to “remember the ladies” as he and his brethren were drafting the U.S. Constitution. Mrs. Adams letters to her husband are epic, and a fuller version of “remember the ladies” bears repeating, over and over: "Remember the ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation."

 

What VERY few of us know is that Ben Franklin, a famous American founder, enlisted the help of two Iroquois Confederation Chiefs to come to Philadelphia for the drafting of the constitution because the Iroquois had a working, sustainable and ancient democracy. The FIRST thing the chiefs said upon arrival was, “Where are the women?” Indeed. We need to stand on their shoulders and keep asking, “Where are the women?” “Where are the women?” “Where are the women?”

 

Many of them are here in New York City The last two weeks in March. My heart is full to bursting level as I hide from all the joyous chaos that the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) provides when as many as 4000 women from all over the world gather to report and share “best practices” for increasing women and girls’ standing in the world.