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GIFT DAY 098: 30-day gratitude challenge: day 22: to all the women who came before

8 Apr

Day 22 over here of the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.

What are you grateful for today?

Today, I am grateful for all the women who came before me:

1) The Suffragists
2) The Feminists
3) The Title Niners

This morning I opened my email and saw a breaking news headline:
Ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died [8:00 a.m. ET]

Later I saw another breaking news headline pop up:
Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Has Died at Age 70 [1:20 p.m. ET]

Both made me feel a twinge of sadness and a bit reflective. More than anything, it made me feel grateful, for all the women before me. Those who made us laugh, cry, jump into action or test our boundaries.

So, today, I am overwhelmingly grateful to our mothers, and their mothers….and their mother’s mother.

Their lives mattered. All of them. 
In honor of all who came before, here’s a repost from July 12, 2012.

re-post

July 12, 2012
Day 193: one’s life must matter

We rented The Iron Lady last night.
I know, half a year late.

iron lady, jamie eslinger, the promise daily
Regardless, I was struck over the head by this line, delivered so intensely over a marriage proposal to then Margaret Roberts — about to become Margaret Thatcher — played by the one and only Meryl Streep: “One’s life must matter.”

Here’s the full context:

“I will never be one of those women, who stay silent and pretty on the arm of her husband. Or remote and alone in the kitchen doing the washing up for that matter. One’s life must matter, Denis, beyond all the cooking and the cleaning and the children. One’s life must mean more than that. I cannot die washing up a teacup.”

As a tear rolled down my cheek I wondered what her life was like, for her family, husband, children, friends. Did she have friends?

I found this quote from her book, Downing Street Years: “Being Prime Minister is a lonely job. In a sense, it ought to be: you cannot lead from the crowd. But with Denis there I was never alone. What a man. What a husband. What a friend.”

It made me think about so MANY things.
Politics aside, her life reads so fearless, so out there, on the edge.

I was but a babe when Margaret Thatcher took her top post. I barely remember her leadership, except for that name emblazoned on my mind as a woman who was as an example that, I, a girl, someday a woman, could grow up to be anything.

Watching the movie last night made me stop and pause.

More than anything, it made me wonder — WHEN?
When will we have a female in the top post, at the helm of government, here in the United States?

In my lifetime?
Yours?

One’s life must matter.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),
Jamie
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