On International Women’s Day (amongst other things) women were described as the epitome of selfless sacrifice and silent suffering. An email forward describes how special women are.
She cures herself when sick and she can work eighteen hours a day… She smiles when feeling like screaming she sings when she feels like crying…
Tears are her way of expressing grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride…
Sarpanch Ashuba Khan thought women could do better than that. When reservation made her the Sarpanch, her all-woman Panchayat changed lives in Neemkheda village in Haryana. [Allytude thanks for this inspiring link!]
(Till now it seems the Panchayat used to spend all the funds organizing gigs and fairs.)
Men mock them but the all-woman panchayat members aren’t bothered.
“Apart from illiteracy, gender was also generously used against them.
“The men ridiculed us saying women are meant only to dance inside the house,” says 56- year-old Salma.
“We said why are we then made to work in the fields, fetch water, fetch wood?
They said the panchayat is different.
We said just wait and see.”
We were lucky to have had Dr Ambedkar and Jawahar Lal Nehru fighting for our rights . We take our right to vote for granted (so do our politicians).
This little poem gives a glimpse of the bitterness women in the West felt during their struggle for the Right to vote.
From a Man’s Point of View
WOMEN love self-sacrifice
Suffering and good advice;
If they don’t love these sincerely
Then they’re not true women really.
Oh, it shocks me so to note
Women pleading for the vote!
Saying publicly it would
Educate and do them good.
Such a selfish reason trips
Oddly from a woman’s lips.
But it must not be supposed
I am in the least opposed.
If they want it let them try it.
For I think we’ll profit by it.
They too expressed their ‘suffering’ with more than just tears.
Essence means, ‘The intrinsic or indispensable properties that serve to characterize or identify something.‘ Can we really define the essence of a woman (or the essence of a man)?