Women’s Day or rather Equality Day
To be honest, I’m a little confused. Why do we still put so much emphasis on Women’s Day? I know all the arguments but something is not be right if after at least a century, genuine equality (in countries which profess to have equality) has not yet been achieved.
Perhaps, if women stopped thinking and behaving as though they needed to be treated as equals and treated men as equals, the situation would change. We’re in this world together and together we make it what it is. Discrimination whichever way it is directed is still discrimination.
Some books which stand out supporting the idea of partnership and equality:
Doris Lessing – The Cleft I don’t know anyone else who has read this, and people I talk to about it look at me as though I’m mad, but I think this is one of the most fantastic books written yet. A women writing from the perspective of a 5th century BC Roman historian – wow. And then imaginging a completely different world to the one we know where the power relations were different. It’s well worth a read with lots to reflect on.
Norman Parsons Jewell – On Call in Africa, 1910-1932 provides a fascinating insight into the social times of the early part of the twentieth century. Neither party could have achieved what they did without the support of the other. Two remarkable lives.
Maya Alexandri – The Celebration Husband,
Wilbur Smith – Assegai
Two very similar but different books. Both focus on World War 1 in Africa and show women in positions of leadership, taking on roles traditionally earmarked for men. They differ in their blurbs – Maya’s openly talks about Tanya, the female protagonist whose ‘husband is enlisted’. Wilbur’s makes no mention of the women who play an integral part in his Courtney saga.
Pamela Howarth – The Hidden Sun A NAAFI adventure in 1958’s Famagusta, Cyprus challenging various social attitudes.
And another to challenge attitudes – Leslie Tate’s Heaven’s Rage.
I leave you to draw your own conclusions…Share