I am very appreciative of the many efforts, over the years, to advance the rights of women. I am grateful for the right to vote, for the right to own property, for the right to earn equal wages (even if we’re not really there yet), and the many other advances that have been made for women. And although I am a firm advocate of the importance of strong families, I am grateful that women can legally file for divorce. Sometimes I think couples are too quick to embrace that solution when things become difficult in the marriage, but there are times when divorce is the only viable solution. And I am glad that women have that option.
As I study the history of the various women’s movements, I am awed by the dedication of the women who led the fight. They were jailed, beaten and suffered continual verbal assaults. Their strong belief in their cause was obvious, and those of us who follow need to remember the sacrifices it took to pass the laws necessary for those advances.
I have expressed my gratitude in a poem titled, “Thank You for Knowing,” that is included under “Published Poems” (to the right of the page).