in the blogging community as Janie Junebug, host of WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME. Please give Janie a warm welcome, dear friends!
Two things struck me when I read this story—and listened to the additional stories and interviews Shady researched while doing
this piece –
This is a truly great story of how an individual can overcome any adversity. We should all take a lesson from Jerilyn. Stop your constant complaining. Stop focusing so much energy on your
“woe is me” tale and turn your attention to the trials and tribulations of the other people in this world. By helping them, you help yourself. Everywhere in the world, there are greater and lesser people than you. By helping those with less, you gain in stature and your personal problems become smaller. Somewhere along the line I have heard it said that the only true moral society is one that takes care of the members at the fringe.
Additionally, I applaud the efforts Jerilyn and others have made to create an environment in which women have equal stature and respect in our society. I was coming of age when the 60’s were in full swing. Like Jeri—I did not buy into the female as bimbo eye candy/ chief cook and bottle washer. Thankfully I had a father who encouraged me to take my proper place in the world based on my intelligence and my drive to succeed. Thank GOD we have come to the point in our world when females such as Hillary Clinton can emerge as leaders and the presidency has become an option within reach.
But the battle isn’t won. There are still skirmishes being fought all over the globe and there are many here in America who would love to take away our well won victory and turn back the clock to our time of repression. For the benefit of our daughters and our granddaughters, we can NEVER NEVER allow this to happen. We must be at the ready to strike down the “right to lifers” and the super-conservatives, the bible thumping religious righters wherever and whenever we find them.
My hat is off to you Jerilyn. You are a woman of substance and a
true role model for us all.
finish college when I was young (I graduated from
I had help in entering a “traditional” marriage.
My mother told me I would never be able to
hold down a job. “If something goes wrong,”
she said, “you’ll fall apart.” My mother
told me that the only way I’d ever have
money would be if I married someone
who could earn it. Within a few days
of my marriage, when my ex-husband
expressed anger toward me in front of
my mother, she said, “You’d better