Happy Women's Day, everyone. Are we all women today, like everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day?
We all have special women in our lives, people who make us feel happy and warm, whose voices take us to a happy place. Women whose mere existence is enough to cancel out the struggles of the worst the world can throw at us.
I didn't know it was Women's Day until now, which is a shame. There's a woman in one of my labs who has a young daughter who comes by occasionally. She's working diligently toward a biology degree, raising a child, and who knows what else. Other women in my class gritted their teeth, overcame their socialized fear of worms, and sliced and diced the earthworms, crayfish, clams, and starfish like pros.
Women have it rough, and no one even remembers their Day. Aside from being mothers (they get a day for that) women are the moral voices of our society. Women, for reasons which are not of concern here, are the ones who stand up for the weak, the difficult, and the future. Others may speak out, but women, in politics and our daily lives, stand for these ideas in ways passing understanding.
Our thanks to all of you, today and everyday.
Thanks especially to Ms. TfK and Dr. TfK-Mom. Where would we be without your help, your guidance, your pressure, your support, and your love.
Unfortunately, this wasn't a very good day for people, and women in particular:
- the Senate screwed the poor twice today
- the Attorney General screwed the Constitution
- the Kansas Board of Education screwed scientists
“Women's Realm” by Belle & Sebastian from the album Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant (2000, 4:35).