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Everyday is Women's Day!

We have come a long way. At the beginning of women's gatherings I like to remind us of our ancestors and the sacrifices our mothers, grandmothers, and theirs mothers did to give us the opportunities we now have: freedom, knowledge, and some power. We are not done changing things for ourselves and for our daughters and granddaughters, but we acknowledge that women got so marginalized that a lot happened before we were able to get here. We observe this holiday to commemorate the movement for women's rights, when women demanded the right to vote, to hold public office, to end employment sex discrimination, and the basic acknowledgment of our humanity. Oprah’s Golden Globes speech stated “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have”. But how many of us actually know our truths? We must practice to listen and trust your instincts, to allow us to fully express our own voice, and not the echo of society's believes. This is my calling for you to not simply accept what is offered by our cultures, and to rebel and allow your wild side to lead you, and to NEVER quiet your voice. Patriarchy starts being infused in our lives at birth, progress at menarche, culminates at adulthood, and doesn't end with death. We MUST make humanized birth a norm again putting pregnant women in the center and in control; we MUST educate boys and girls about the meaning of menstruation, i.e. ability to create LIFE; we MUST learn and respect nature's and women's cycles, and live in harmony with ourselves and our environment; and we MUST honor the elders and the old ways of doing things. I honor the maidens, the mothers, and the crones we are! Aho Mitakuye Oyasin (from the Lakota Nation: all my relations) AndréaTakács-Carvalho

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