Monday, March 8, 2010

No Girls in India?

International Womens Day ... and yet I didn't find rose petals strewn down the road of my commute this morning. The coffee tasted better this morning, however, and I had a good job to go to. Thank heavens for all the women who came before and made it possible for me to earn a good wage and be able to own property and marry as I wish.
I also wasn't forced to decide whether or not to kill my own daughter after her birth because she was a girl! Some women have really had to put their foot down in order to live an honorable life and protect their own flesh and blood.
I'm sorry if I sound flippant, but it's hard to believe that life goes on like this in other parts of our world. Life goes on like this until one day a woman ... a mother ... in India thinks, "Well, no, I don't think I should have to face a choice like this where once my baby is born, and if it's a girl, I should allow her to be killed."
I found this picture today as part of a story I can no longer locate. This girl is set to be married soon, to a prosperous man, because her parents (her mother, especially, who made the decision) decided just because she was a woman they would not allow her to die. Lord bless the child that's got a mother like this one - femminismo


Steve said...

Man's inhumanity to man - and woman - beggars belief sometimes. Thank God we live in a reasonably enlightened society... but there is still a long way to go!

Candace said...

A wonderful post, Jeanne. So let it be written and so let it be done.
Saw a dance troupe from India -- main plot of dance was that Kali Herself came to destroy those men who murdered their brides over the dowries that could not buy them their transient materialistic desires.
Incredible to say the very least.
Take care.
Candace in Athens.

ArtSparker said...

Making me kind of teary-eyed. Thank you, I needed a boost.

Anonymous said...

Yup -

Its a day to say thanks to the pioneers,

I knitted a breast...