USA: Where corporations are people and women aren't

Melancholy

Just a woman; the weaker sex. These are probably among the most ancient myths ever told about women — myths that have long been busted. They're nothing more than just urban legends that falsely and unfairly portrayed Grandma, Mom, Aunt, Sis, Niece and Daughter.

History backs me up when I say women are not "just women" and they’re definitely not the weaker sex. There are as many powerful and influential women in world history as there are men: Hatshepsut, the Warrior Queen of Kemet (Ancient Egypt the land of blacks, 1503-1482 BC); Indira Gandhi who was prime minister of India from 1966 to 1977 and 1980-1984; Corazon Aquino, the first woman president of the Philippines who maintained power and fortitude despite many attempts to topple her government; Argentina's spiritual leader Evita Peron; Princess Diana, Mother Teresa; Elizabeth Blackwell who pioneered the education of women in medicine; among equally revered others.

Women's show of might and power, however, isn't just about Queen Elizabeth's influence over all of Europe and Hillary Clinton's rise to the American political scene. It didn't end with the departure of Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman from the men-dominated Silicon Valley and their failure to score major political seats in California.

Women never stopped contributing to the world's political, economic, cultural and social growth. They significantly pitch in even within the confines of their homes as they rear the kids, wash the dishes, do the laundry and prepare today's meals. Men are able to do what they do because there are women behind them doing half of what needs to be accomplished. These women sacrificed their lives and dreams to support that of their men's. If it isn't nobility, then what?

There are also women who manage to handle fabulously the complicated mix of career and family. Theirs are stories of accomplishments, and so are the stories of Moms who gave up their dreams so we all could pursue ours.

It’s tragic how — despite their documented triumphs and sacrifices — they are now being deprived of their right to their own reproductive health. It’s more shameful to note that the recent US Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case treats corporations as people that have the right to exercise their “religious freedom” while denying the same right to women.

#religiousfreedom #reproductivehealth

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