Saturday, March 10, 2012

Women’s History Month

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By Diane Forrest

At church the other Sunday, my pastor began his sermon with the top 10 reasons why God made Eve.  They are as follows:

Top Ten Reasons Why God Created Eve:
10. God was worried that Adam would frequently become lost in the garden because he would not ask for directions.
9. God knew that one day Adam would require someone to locate and hand him the remote.
8. God knew Adam would never go out and buy himself a new fig leaf when his wore out and would therefore need Eve to buy one for him.
7. God knew Adam would never be able to make a doctor's dentist's or haircut appointment by himself.
6. God knew Adam would never remember which night to put the garbage on the curb.
5. God knew if the world was to be populated, men would never be able to handle the pain and discomfort of childbearing.
4. As the Keeper of the Garden, Adam would never remember where he left his tools.
3. Apparently, Adam needed someone to blame his troubles on when God caught him hiding in the garden.
2. As the Bible says, "It is not good for man to be alone."

And, finally, the Number 1 reason why God created Eve....

1. When God finished the creation of Adam, He stepped back, scratched his head, and said, "I can do better than that!"

For as long as I have been able to learn, I have been taught that God made woman to be man's partner.  She was made from Adam's rib to walk beside him, not in front or behind.  For thousands of years women have been treated as a servant to men, property of men.  Men have been view as the hunter/gatherer, while women stayed home, prepared the home, cooked the meals and reared the children.   I can only imagine how much courage the first woman had who was able to speak her mind to the men in her area, and how brave the man was who actually listened, and supported her.  I think back to that movie Can of the Cave Bears where there was no language, only grunting.  The women did the cave work, while the men lounged around.

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There have been several women throughout history, and there are still many goals left to achieve.  This month is National Women's History Month.  It all began in 1911, when the first International Woman's day took place.  In 1981, the first Joint Congressional Resolution was introduced proclaiming a "Women's History Week."  In 1987 Congress expanded the focus to a whole month. Soon, other state departments of education began to encourage celebrations of National Women's History Month as a way to promote equality among the sexes in the classroom.

I would also like to add that just because women want to be equal and be viewed as strong intelligent people, we still appreciate being treated with manners, at least this woman does.   My church has recently asked women of the church to say prayers during the service, and this past Sunday, as a lady led the prayer, it was heartwarming to me to see her husband stand as she descended the stairs, and help her to her seat.

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So, this month check out some of the women in history who have made a differnce in our world.  Here are a few to start with:

  • Cleopatra;
  • Queen Victoria;
  • Amelia Earhart, Aviator;
  • Alice Paul, Suffragette;
  • Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State;
  • Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister;
  • Wilma Randolph, athlete;
  • Sally Ride, astronaut; and
  • Madame Curie.

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