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Best Wishes to the Women of Saudi Arabia!

History has been made.  While they still can’t drive, or leave the country unaccompanied, and many other demeaning restrictions remain for now, the women of Saudi Arabia will at last be given the right to vote and hold public office. You can read more about it here.

Let us welcome and bless our hard-pressed sisters. May their leadership and wisdom help change our world for the better!  ~ Beth

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what Feminism is: I only know that people call me a Feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute. ~Rebecca West, Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice, The Clarion, Nov 14, 1913.

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes.’ They will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes.’ ~Clare Boothe Luce

Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. ~Andrea Dworkin

History…tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all – it is very tiresome. ~ Jane Austen (1775-1817), from her book: Northanger Abbey

I think it’s about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we’ve been voting for boobs long enough. ~Clarie Sargent, Arizona senatorial candidate

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels. ~Faith Whittlesey

My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I will not resign myself to the usual lot of women who bow their heads and become concubines. ~ TrieuThi Trinh, peasant woman who led an insurrection against Chinese invaders, 240 C.E.. Vietnam

I wish someone would have told me that, just because I’m a girl, I don’t have to get married. ~Marlo Thomas

Feminism is the radical notion that women are people. ~Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler

Women have always struggled with their men-folk for the abolition of slavery, the liberation of countries from colonialism, the dismantling of apartheid and the attainment of peace. It is now the turn of men to join women in their struggle for equality. ~ Gertrude Mongella of Tanzania, Secretary General of US Fourth Conference on the World’s Women, 1995

Pay heed to the word of your Mother as though it were the word of a God. ~ Anonymous – 3,000 B.C.E. Mesopotamia

Ladies, we must remind ourselves that the weapon of the vote will be for us, just as it is for man, the only means of obtaining the reforms we desire. As long as we remain excluded from civic life, men will attend to their own interests rather than to our. ~ Hubertine Auclert – France, 1879

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation. ~ Abigail Adams, (1744-1818)

The Government must not think that they can stop this agitation. It will go on…We are here not because we are law-breakers; we are here in out efforts to become law-makers. ~ Emmeline Pankhurst – WSPU, England, 1908

Parliaments have stopped laughing at woman suffrage, and politicians have begun to dodge! It is the inevitable premonition of coming victory. ~ Carrie Chapman Catt – International Woman Suffrage Association, 1913

Extending over more than a century and including most nations of the globe, the cause of woman suffrage has been one of the great democratic forces in human history. ~ Ellen Carol DuBois – USA, 1989

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  • September 25, 2011, 5:06 pm Beth

    Sadly, however, I just heard that they will NOT be able to participate in next week’s municipal elections. King Abdullah has only conceded the right to vote in the elections coming up in 2015, and to be allowed appointment on his advisory councils.

    It’s a start, but it still falls short of full suffrage for women.