Let’s not lie to ourselves and act like Michelle Obama is NOT history in the making! The first black First Lady of the United States? Come on now. It will start with her but it surely won’t end with her.
If you are in Brooklyn, you can celebrate Women’s History Month with First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum. If you are in NYC on Saturday and love Hip Hop, you can celebrate Women’s History Month with this jam.
It’s so crazy how much history was made in a couple of months! 100 year old Black women got to vote for and elect a black president. This may not seem like much to most but when your family has been slaves for the past 300 years, this is HUGE. Especially for those who have lived through slavery and segregation. Bless them!
Now let’s move onto March 10th…
In 2005, women represented 26 percent of new AIDS diagnoses, compared to only 11 percent of new AIDS cases reported in 1990. Most women are infected with HIV through heterosexual contact and injection drug use.
Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 34.
Now, even though we are celebrating Women’s History this month, I truly believe that in order to respect the past, we must use the lessons learned then for the future. With this in mind, I’m going to give you links to a couple of websites and blogs that I think are doing a great job in helping women in the present and for the future:
kiva.org –> Micro-lending at its finest. It allows you to loan to the working poor around the world. I don’t know why but it works. I’m going to lend to someone in need by the end of the month. You can lend in increments of $25 or more.
International Women’s Day is March 8th. You can help out not only by participating with kiva.org but also with seva.org. Seva means “service” in Sanskrit. Karma Yoga is based on seva and goes beyond that in regards to the manner in which you perform your service. According to the website,
Working in nine countries in addition to the United States, Seva Foundation supports projects in the area of health and wellness, community development, environmental protection and cultural preservation.
Working with children and parents in the United States, lend4health is a blog that does micro-lending to benefit those that need help with their health and wellness. Spawned from kiva.org, lend4health is currently helping out children and adults dealing with autism spectrum disorders. For more information, click here.
The last website that I’m going to talk about is called Off the Mat,Into the World. Created by Yogini Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling, OTM takes Yoga and Seva to new levels with their Humanitarian tours. For more information, please click here.
I think this is it for now…we need to celebrate women everyday – the past, the present, and the future. Women need to celebrate their bodies, their mindset, and what we do for this planet and humanity. No more of this “secondary but necessary” business. Once and for all, let women feel and rise up to the word equality. Respect from others can only come when we start to truly respect ourselves.