I AM IN A SISTERHOOD.
It is far from unknown that I was a Women’s Studies/Gender Studies major at Loyola, but my passion for women’s equity and a collective of women-as-sisters was sparked earlier than I can probably even trace back to, due to the incredible network of women I was exposed to at an early age.
A lovely Ramblerfriend of mine (E. Wilk HOLLABACKGIRL) and I had the delightful habit of emailing little poems, quotes, videos, and the like when we stumbled into ones that challenged us or warmed us or took us back to a special place. Months ago, she sent me a simple 3-liner from Marianne Williamson, and those 3 lines happen to be the last three lines of my previously-mentioned last post. 😉
The inspiration bug has been circulating in my body for months now, and with the incredible help of another very talented LUC lady (Jillvira yeaaah!) and phenomenally supportive best ladies around me (Bniels, Illa, Sals) advising me and test-viewing and proof-reading and pumping up and sending good vibes, this is what I (we!) present to you:
THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2011 SISTERHOOD SHIRT
Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL??!
And it will be even more magnificent when it joins the ranks with dozens (possibly even HUNDREDS) of other tee-clad women across (literally) the entire country. From the Rockies to DC to Chicago to CA to Cincinnati, women of all ages and occupations will proudly be embracing their womanhood and sending a message to women around the globe: we hear you, we are with you, and we are doing “this” together.
We’re each chipping in a few more bucks than what the shirts’ll cost to donate a lump sum to the wonderful works of Women’s Campaign International, a kick-butt NPO that works from the bottom-up AND top-down to most effectively combat gender-based oppression and inequality.
I genuinely hope you will hear our invitation and feel welcomed enough to stand by our side on March 8 (and invite YOUR special ladyfriends to join in, too!). If you DO want to insert yourself into the movement of sisters, please comment here or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP (frealz) for more details.
It is impossible to realize our goals while discriminating against half the human race. As study after study has taught us, there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.
—Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General