I first ran this post back in 2007. Every word rings true some 13 years later. I still believe WOMEN will change the world. We must.
Madame DeFarge was a character in Charles' Dickens classic novel A Tale of Two Cities, whose opening sentences are iconic.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
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: