A Tribute to Womanhood

Welcome to "I Am Woman"...a tribute to all those women who had the courage and perseverance to stand up and fight for their rights. Thanks to those who came before us we enjoy a freedom unknown to women not too long ago. But, sadly, in many parts of the world, women continue to be repressed. In fact, even in this country there are women living today under the threat of violence...completely controlled by a violent spouse. Some may make it; others won't. Hopefully, one day ALL women will be free. May that day come soon.


4-Year-Old Indian Rape Victim Dies

Hospital officials in India say a four-year-old who was raped earlier this month has died.

Officials in Nagpur say the child died Monday night from cardiac arrest.

Authorities say the child's parents found her unconscious a day after the rape in the town of Ghansour, in Madhya Pradesh state.

Indian media reports say she was taken to a local hospital, but was later airlifted to the hospital in Nagpur.

At least one person has been arrested in connection with the case.

The incident is the latest in a string of rapes that have sparked outrage in India over the treatment of women and girls, with protests first erupting in December over the savage gang rape of a 23-year-old student in the capital, New Delhi.

The kidnap and brutal rape this month of a five-year-old girl in the the capital has spurred another round of demonstrations over the high levels of sexual violence and police handling of the case. 

VOA News  


Geoffrey Chaucer

For all my years, and knowest what I desire, 
Oh, save me from thy vengeance and thine ire 
Chaste goddess, well indeed thou knowest that I 
Desire to be a virgin all my life, 
Behold, O goddess of utter chastity, 
The bitter tears that down my two cheeks fall.

-The Canterbury Tales: The Knight’s Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer.


Quote of the Day

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."

  Mary Anne Radmacher


Harp Song of the Dane Women

What is a woman that you forsake her,
And the hearth-fire and the home-acre.
To go with the old grey Widow-maker?

She has no house to lay a guest in
But one chill bed for all to rest in,
That the pale suns and the stray bergs nest in.

She has no strong white arms to fold you,
But the ten-times-fingering weed to hold you
Out on the rocks where the tide has rolled you.

Yet, when the signs of summer thicken,
And the ice breaks, and the birch-buds quicken,
Yearly you turn from our side, and sicken—

Sicken again for the shouts and the slaughters.
You steal away to the lapping waters,
And look at your ship in her winter-quarters.

You forget our mirth, and talk at the tables,
The kine in the shed and the horse in the stables
To pitch her sides and go over her cables.

Then you drive out where the storm-clouds swallow,
And the sound of your oar-blades, falling hollow,
Is all we have left through the months to follow.

Ah, what is Woman that you forsake her,
And the hearth-fire and the home-acre,
To go with the old grey Widow-maker?

Rudyard Kipling


Quote of the Day

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.

  Marianne Williamson


Quote of the Day

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."

  Mary Anne Radmacher


The Truth Of Woman


 Woman's faith, and woman's trust
    Write the characters in the dust;
    Stamp them on the running stream,
    Print them on the moon's pale beam,
    And each evanescent letter
    Shall be clearer, firmer, better,
    And more permanent, I ween,
    Than the thing those letters mean.
    I have strain'd the spider's thread
    'Gainst the promise of a maid;
    I have weigh'd a grain of sand
    'Gainst her plight of heart and hand;
    I told my true love of the token,
    How her faith proved light, and her word was broken:
    Again her word and truth she plight,
    And I believed them again ere night.

Sir Walter Scott 


Quote of the Day

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
 Rabindranath Tagore


Quote of the Day

Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience.
Mary Wollstonecraft


Quote of the Day

Hope is the strongest driving force for a people. Hope which brings about change, which produces new realities, is what opens man’s road to freedom. Once hope has taken hold, courage must unite with wisdom. That is the only way of avoiding violence, the only way of maintaining the calm one needs to respond peacefully to offenses.

Oscar Arias Sanchez