I didn’t think much further than that… at first.
But then the Taliban took over Afghanistan and women went back into hiding in their homes, or inside their burkas… and then the Texas Governor signed into law a bill that allows vigilanteism to chase down anyone “helping” a woman get an abortion (Really? We couldn’t think of a better way to help women feel safe enough to give birth?).
The world is reeling from the Covid Pandemic and a wave of authoritarianism. We have billionaires racing each other into space with penis-shaped hobby rockets.
AND, menopause is kicking my butt… but I’m not supposed to talk about that, because that would be admitting I’m no longer a fresh-faced, young woman. And, if I’m no longer young and “beautiful” by the world’s standards, then what am I? Even other women don’t really want to talk about it. Where are the elder women warning me about hot flashes, sharing their secret formulas and telling me what to expect? Women will talk all day about pregnancy and childbirth, but admitting that those days are over is like admitting we’ve already picked out our coffin. In our culture, aging women aren’t dignified, or wise, or valued… they’re just invisible.
I’m no shrinking violet. So, instead of a silly girlie camper, I made a Women-Kick-Ass girlie camper.
What a lovely time I’ve had looking up quotes and images of influential women. Here are a few of my favorites:
I’m heading out on a journey with these ladies. Care to join me?
P.S. One of the funniest quotes I came across was from Georgia O’Keeffe (known for her larger-than-life close-ups of flowers – widely believed to be representative of the female anatomy):
“I hate flowers – I paint them because they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.”