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title  :   THE BIGGEST SECRET-- WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

 

      March is Women's History Month.  Did you know?  Does that mean department stores will lower women's clothes to half price, or that guys will bring flowers for no reason?  Not likely.                                        

      But what we're asking is, since women are more than 51 percent of the population, why can't we have at least one percent of the national holidays that honor guys?   We demand a National Women's Day with  everybody having a day off to honor us.   Actually, even the Women's History Month declaration, seems to be a national secret.  Not much done about it.   

    Oh, the Library of Congress features famous women and discussions and photos.  But you have to check their website to read about                       that.   Rutgers-Newark this year did have an annual Women's History Month  Film Festival.   It got about 185 words in the Star-Ledger.                   No photo.  Less coverage than they gave to Angelina Joie's right leg.      Or Lin's arm hooking a  basketball.   As for TV stations, they                  devoted more coverage to the  Oreo Cookie's birthday.

                                                            

     Shouldn't we feel  slighted?   Think about it.   Of the many television stations sprung up has one announced a special salute to Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton?  In the past years--and so far this year-- I've seen none.  Our flag was made by Betsy Ross, or Mary Pickersgill, the seamstress who sewed it in 1813.  Wouldn't it be nice or even patriotic to give them credit by attaching their names on a tag to every flag  --especially to wipe out 'Made in China."

    Scanning the TV listings, I spotted a feature on Marie Antoinette and watched it.  In her time, Marie was vilified by commentators who called  her the French equivalent of 'slut.'  Sound familiar?  Didn't a modern day radio commentator call a woman that recently?    That, of course, was widely reported.  So come on, media, show women some  fair attention.  When months are dedicated to other people, they get lots of historical shows.  Where are the programs honoring famous women?  I'll step in and use this space to salute all women:  the mothers who gave us life, the teachers who taught us, the women fighting in wars, the first women doctors.  Also I salute the great female writers and poets who finally presented our side of life.

     Back to federal government.  Guys, any plans?  From Congress?  From the White House?  Guess not.  It seems all the male politicians are too busy trying to get votes from women.  Recently some have shown a funny way of appealling to them -- such as by making women second-class citizens who cannot go to a doctor and discuss their private problems without a male legislator interfering.  Some states have actually passed laws ordering women to go through invasive tests that men would sock anybody if done to them. 

     Which female's head is carved into a mountainside?  None.  We do have the Statue of Liberty, but it took the French to give us that.  And she represents an idea --Liberty--rather than women.  We need our own monument in Washington, D. C.   But our major demand is our own national holiday.  Men have said we ought to be satisfied that the Smithsonian features the First Ladies' gowns.   We Are Not.

     In our 1876 nation's Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Susan B. Anthony caused a riot by interrupting the ceremonies and the display of our original Declaration of Independence by stepping up to the podium and reading her own Declaration version which included women.  Read about this in the novel "The Gilded Lily" published by St. Martin's Press.  The heroine of the novel was attacked by a group of men eager to take the declarations she was passing around, while actually making declarations of their own.  Confession:  Mentioning "The Gilded Lily" is my blatant attempt to sell my novel.  It received an "All That Glitters" review in the New York Times and praises in the Star-Ledger.   (See excerpts in the beginning of this website.)    Altogether I got more copy in the newspapers than was given to Women's History Month this year.  

      Makes you wonder -- should we women just adopt Jolie's leg-out stance to get attention?  I ask every woman reading this to slit her dress, take a leggy stance, and on that leg stencil: "National Women's Day!"   Any of you brave enough to do that, please send me and your local newspapers pictures.to illustrate not only our point but our power. 

      Women Unite!  We have nothing to lose but our limbs!                                                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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