March is Women's History Month, a time when we look back to see how far we have come. In many ways, we have triumphed due to both fearlessness and a need to be who we are meant to be, and for that, we can celebrate. But, what about our sisters across the globe? Do they know that we here in the United States have a month set aside to commemorate our progress? Do they have the same kind of hope our mothers and grandmothers passed on to us?
Just yesterday, I was a guest panelist at an author's tea; an elegant event where Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy made the opening remarks. McCarthy's world was turned upside down in 1993 when a gunman opened fire on the Long Island Railroad, killing her husband and seriously injuring her son. However, instead of letting one madman own her loss, she turned it into something positive, even though I'm sure it felt insurmountable at times. The incident was an anomaly; something that made us shake our heads in wonder. Still, I couldn't help but think of the women in Afghan who on a daily basis live under the threat of violence and have to consider, do I continue fighting for my basic rights or relent due to fear? Those of us who are commemorating Women's History Month know that giving up is not an option; women simply have too much to offer, here and across the globe. Our neighbors to the north are not focusing on just the history of women, but their future, by funding the Women's Rights in Afghanistan Fund. What a positive, hopeful action.
Today at skyreporter.com, Arthur Kent shares what the brave women of Afghanistan are doing and the support that they getting. Unfortunately, these women still live in fear and cannot place a sign over their workplace due to retribution. It may surprise you to find out those who are responsible for this injustice. Listen to the answer.