Following the lead of his previous predecessors, President Obama has declared March, 2014, “Women’s History Month.”
His opening statement was:
“Throughout our Nation's history, American women have led movements for social and economic justice, made groundbreaking scientific discoveries, enriched our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions in our foreign policy.
They have served our country with valor, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan. During Women's History Month, we recognize the victories, struggles, and stories of the women who have made our country what it is today.”
There is an old joke where a comedian says, ‘Women, God bless 'em – what would we do without 'em. Then with a wiggle of his cigar, says, “Don’t know... but I would surely like to try it for a while!” Laughter followed.
And then there is the jokester who was giving a dissertation about women and then he says, “Now, for instance, take my wife”…..and with a wiggle of his cigar says, “Yes, pleeease won’t you take my wife?” More laughter followed.
Then there was the man who said that if he believed in reincarnation, he wanted to come back as a lap dog or a housewife because they both had it made.
Women have been the butt of men’s jokes down through history and even still today. From the early times, women were considered not much more than property.
In primitive cultures, they were not much more than slaves. African women and American Indian women are examples of the abuse that women endured. They met their husband’s needs, bore the children, gathered the firewood, cooked the meals and did everything other than hunt for the food while the men sat around the camp fires and planned wars. Sadly, that is still true in some parts of the world; and in some similar comparisons here in America as well.
Women’s roles have never been diminished and neither have they been merely tag-along behind their husbands like the women of China.
America brought more freedom to the world and especially to women. Women played an important part in the settling and developing of this nation. Not only did they do the other “womanly” chores listed above but greatly contributed to Americans gaining freedom from England, They labored alongside their men during the migration to the hills of Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia clearing the land and building homes; but also fought alongside their men in traveling west; and the settling of the west.
A modern day commercial stated, “Not only can a woman "bring home the bacon," she can fry it up in a pan.”
About Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed a bill which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week."
Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week."
In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed a bill which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month."
Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.
Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
You can read more about the establishment of “Women’s History Month,” by going to Law Library of Congress.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter was the first president to issue a proclamation declaring the week of March 2nd - 8th, as “National Women’s History Week!”
Below is a quote from President Jimmy Carter’s Message:
"From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America were as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”
Then on March 16, 1987, President Reagan declared March as “National Women’s History Month.”
President Reagan gave a speech in 1981 outlining the importance of women in the development of the family and the nation.
He began his speech by saying:
“American women of every race, creed and ethnic background helped found and build our Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways. As pioneers, teachers, mothers, homemakers, soldiers, nurses and laborers, women played and continue to play a vital role in American economic, cultural and social life. In science, business, medicine, law, the arts and the home, women have made significant contributions to the growth and development of our land. Their diverse service is among America's most precious gifts.”
However, long before modern man began to realize the power and importance of women, God’s proclamation was pro-women.
John MacArthur made this statement in his article, “The Biblical Portrait of Women: Setting the Record Straight,” that:
“Women are used and abused more today than at any time in history. Pornography turns women into objects and victims of dirty, cowardly Peeping Toms who leer at them with greedy eyes.”
“Throughout the world, women are traded like animals for sexual slavery. However, in today’s “civilized" places, men routinely use women for no-consequence, no-commitment sex only to leave them pregnant, without care and support.”
“Abortion rights groups aid and abet male selfishness and irresponsibility, and they "free" women to murder their unborn children. Women are left alone, emotionally scarred, financially destitute, and experientially guilty, ashamed, and abandoned. Where's the freedom, dignity, and honor in that?”
Many women today still live under male dominance in the home, the workplace, and in many other areas of society; thus the name male chauvinist came into being.
It means” A male who patronizes, disparages, or otherwise denigrates females in the belief that they are inferior to males and thus deserving of less than equal treatment or benefit.”
Too often the Bible is used in a negative way regarding women and when so, it is misinterpreted, twisted, and taken out of context.
The mistreatment of women down through history was not the design of God; but the sin of mankind. God created women to be the side-by-side helper of man. Matthew Henry in his commentary said,
“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.” He lived between 1662 and 1714.
During the days of ERA, and the push for women’s rights to be equal with man, it was said. “Little did women know what they were doing – God placed them high upon a pedestal to be loved, honored, and protected. And for them to be brought down to be equal with man lowered their position in the world."
Making a study of women in the Bible, one can get the real story of how women have been honored by God and used by man.
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