Right now, her name is everywhere, which is something that this 30-year-old would never have imagined simply because she was set to testify to Congress on birth control.
The attacks on her character launched by Rush Limbaugh, have started a media frenzy. Is this really our David ready to knock down our Goliath which just a small
pillstone? If so, it’s about time.
Someone may question highlighting someone who doesn’t have an arm’s length of distinctions or is still in law school. Not true. As much as feminists are surrounding her with support and using her in unity, she is still receiving blacklash, even from “feminists” that refuse to call themselves that, because of “white feminists”. The reasoning behind that being that if Sandra Fluke had been black, no one would have cared about Limbaugh’s comments, at least not in the predominantly white society. While I could write about how I believe they’re wrong, but have a valid point that feminism tends to be a white girl march that caters to white girl problems, but that’s a different blog for a different time.
Whatever you think, about Sandra Fluke, she has become a spark to a powder keg, that doesn’t always turn out so well for everyone involved, and usually the person that gets hit the hardest, is the one who took the chance in the first place.
We need more Sandra Flukes, because she’s not backing down. And we should continue to have her back and stand up next to her. (It can get lonely out there!)
“When I saw that sign out of all of those signs, I was like, I’ve got to have a picture of it,” said McIntyre, D-Tulsa. “I thought if my 87-year-old mother sees this, I’m going to get hell this weekend, but it was too late.”
I read a comment on a democratic forum site that said, there were 1,000 protestors at this rally, but said commenter was dismayed that Senator McIntyre was “the story”. I think it’s foolish to be so dismissive of a “politician” whose actions caused a story to go from the “City and State” section in the Tulsa World to front page news not only in Oklahoma, but throughout the nation.
Also, as a politician, Senator McIntyre has a lot to lose by holding up this sign and being photographed with it. I didn’t live in Oklahoma, but from the time I was around 7, until 13, I spent every summer there, with my grandparents who lived in Tulsa. Did I mention these were my second set of grandparents, the one grandmother I always upset when I turned 16 and discussed politics at Thanksgiving and Christmas, because I was a *shock* Democrat. (Whereever did they go wrong? It started with my mom, in all honesty.)
Anyhow, too few of our politicians stand up, especially on THIS issue. They’ll fight tooth and nail behind closed doors, but publicly? No. They don’t, because they’re concerned about funding issues, especially in a state like Oklahoma.
I support NARAL on a monthly basis. I hope some of my monies go to this woman’s election campaign, because she embodies what an elected official should be all about. They SHOULD be on the front lines WITH us. It’s their government, too, but they don’t own it.
I wish more politicians knew that. Actually, I wish more constituents would SHOW more politicians that.
But, today, the actions of Senator Judy Eason McIntyre have landed her in hero status, and hopefully she will not soon be forgotten as a champion of Women’s Rights. Who better to be honoured during Women’s History Month?
For those that haven’t seen it: I’m highlighting one woman a day for Women’s History Month on First Ladies and Inspiring Women.
However, I’m reblogging this particular one today, to kind of determine, if anyone is interested in me holding a contest, where the winning participant(s) receives a t-shirt with the following quote?:
I’m thinking that if I did the contest, sponsored by a t-shirt company, I honestly have no affiliation with personally, I would use the original blog and the “likes” associated with it, to pick the winners. Just trying to see if there’s any interest out there on this, so if there is, please let me know.
I WAS going to focus on a Tulsa State Senator today, but being reminded that today is Texas Independence Day, I was inspired to present one of my favourite women in all of Texas History, even if I really don’t like to think of her or her tenure as “history” because it wasn’t so very long ago.
Ann Richards. Even the name, to me, is entirely magical. When Governor Richards ran this state, we put education at a higher priority. She revitalized our economy during her tenure, and delivered culturally and historically relevant speeches at the DNC Convention in 1988.
I remember when she died, so very clearly. It was 2006 and there was a Young Democrats meeting that night. We had a moment of silence for her. The very next day my own grandmother passed away.
Every time I say her name, I immediately precede it with, “I miss…”. At least her legacy is alive and well, in a daughter that serves as President of Planned Parenthood. With a woman like Ann Richards for a mother, there is no doubt that the recent controversy of the Komen decision and redecision will not scare her daughter, Cecile.
I miss Ann Richards. And of the women I will more than likely highlight, I think I probably miss her second most.
I will be choosing one woman a day, in March, to spotlight on my blog, First Ladies and Inspiring Women, during National Women’s History Month. You’re welcome to follow along.
Aung San Suu Kyi: A study in nonviolent successful protesting
Burmese opposition politician and the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 “her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights…Suu Kyi’s struggle is one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades. She has become an important symbol in the struggle against oppression.” She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from July 20, 1989 until her release on Nov. 13, 2010.