July 14 is France's Bastille Day. This day can serve as a reminder around the world of the power of women. Mothers. Wives. Sisters. Daughters. Together, we can change the world. Where we see wrongs against our precious children, we rise up, we revolt, we knit names into the blankets of our rage. Our current political process reflects a similar dissatisfaction bubbling up as the middle class as been trounced. It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. With apologies to Mr. Dickens.
The Women’s March on Versailles was a prime example of the effect that women could have on a revolution in a hands on way, as opposed to being just nurses to the wounded. It was a defining moment of the French Revolution that made an almost immediate shift in the balance of power, bringing the privileged to their knees and favoring the country’s common people. Read more: http://www.thegrindstone.com/2011/07/14/mentors/bastille-day-the-womens-march-on-versailles/#ixzz4EKf8A3Vh