In spring of 1776, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin were in Philadelphia talking about declaring independence from Great Britain due to a belief in a set of principles that all men are created equal.
They spoke of rights that cannot be rightfully be taken away, such as those we all know the words to:
- the pursuit of happiness.
"Off The Road" is a 400 page look into the eyes of Neal Cassidy, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg, by Carolyn Cassidy.
It's an interesting read about the woman at home of such a traveling runaway icon.
I've spent days in City Lights, wondering of all the souls that traveled through, beatboxing their way into the very history books on the shelves.
Women make history possible, something men don't like to mention much. Much to the patriarchy's chagrin, women are the catalysts and the enablers and 1/2 the ultimate force of the human race.
In 1776, at home with 4 children to feed and care for alone, on only the food supplies saved from last season's harvest due to restrictions and issues placed by Great Britain, Abigail Adams wrote a letter to John Adams saying.
"I long to hear that you have declared an independancy—and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Laidies we are determined to foment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation."
"In this extraordinary code of laws,
I ask that you remember the ladies."
This Spring, Earth to Daisy will be offering donation-matching of 20% to "Remember the Ladies", a non-profit organization created by Dr. Emily Krichbaum to help teachers and school districts provide more representative and inclusive histories to young girls and women.
Dr. Krichbaum is inspired by Marian Wright Edelman, an American Activist for children's rights born in 1939. She was the first African American woman admitted to The Mississippi Bar in 1964. She was entered into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993 and was named as an Honoree in the National Women's History Project in 2004: Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility."
Earth to Daisy urges you to contemplate the stories and the histories you don't hear. To be who you needed when you were younger. To be the change you wish to see. Write your own story so that another man needn't write it for you.
Another book to check out is Extraordinary Women: 70 Remarkable Women who Made a Difference, Inspired, and Broke Barriers.
Remember the ladies.
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