International Women’s Day

According to the Internet, International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women. This is also a day to support taking action against gender inequality around the world.  I am a card carrying feminist.  According to my husband, I have chips on both my shoulders.   I have always been hypersensitive about the problems women face in every aspect of their lives.

All of my heroes are women.  Today I want to take a moment to talk about one of them.  You need to know her, but not enough people have heard of her:  Senator Tammy Duckworth, the junior Senator from Illinois.  I am so not worthy.

Senator Duckworth served as a helicopter pilot in the Iraq war and suffered severe combat wounds, which caused her to lose both of her legs and some mobility in her right arm. That’s her pictured above on her Black Hawk Helicopter.  She was the first female double amputee from the war. Despite her injuries, she sought and obtained a medical waiver which allowed her to continue serving our country as a lieutenant colonel in the Illinois National Guard.

She has called Trump ‘a five-deferment draft dodger’.  This was after Trump told her she did not have a leg to stand on when comparing her military knowledge with his.  She laughed politely and said she had 2 legs to stand on and they were both titanium steel!

She has spoken against the ban on gays and transgender serving in the military.  “When I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk helicopter after I was shot down, I didn’t care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender, black, white or brown. All that mattered was they didn’t leave me behind,”  Senator Duckworth said in the statement.

Senator Duckworth was the first Asian-American woman elected to office in Illinois, the first woman with a disability to be elected to Congress, the first female double amputee in the Senate, the first Senator to give birth while in office (let’s see Mitch McConnell top that).

OK, enough lecturing already, but give her a look please.  Happy National Women’s Day and Happy Birthday on March 12th Senator.

and remember:  When the going gets tough, the tough get going.  Big kiss, Lynn

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