With the exception of William Krekel, my high school boss, the emotional and mental source of support and examples behind the fact and flavor of timism has always been women.
My women echo the greatness of many historically great women. Not the head of states but the salt of the earth. It was the women of everyday colonial life who organized home management (ecos nomos) to resist the British taxation without representation. Home spunning of clothes became an industry as a boycott response to British textiles, a boycott later utilized by Gandhi against British colonial domination of India.
The famous Montgomery Bus Boycott of the mid-1950's was terminated by the wives of the white business and political leaders of the racist city. The city's better tanned citizens organized ad hoc mass transportation with personal and business vehicles, e.g., funeral hearses. Concomittantly, the vanilla matrons of Montgomery started driving to pick up their maids, cooks and housekeepers because it took less time to drive than it took to do the daily tasks. Like white women ferrying warplanes only a decade earlier, the white women drivers' transit system blossomed in the Montgomery morass of muddied men. "Of course, Ms. Hatty, I can give your neighbor a ride since it is on the way."
In the end, the melanin-challenged wives were chauffering carloads of bus-boycotters. Increasingly, their husbands heard a variation of "Darling, you sleep on the couch until your friends and you fix public transit so that my friends and I can socialize once again instead of being Montgomery's unofficial new transit system that is costing me free time and costing us higher costs. I'd rather poor white folks sit next to black folks than me be the unpaid chauffer driving Ms. Daisy, Ms. Hatty and Ms. Mary Beth."
The American Civil Rights March is the latest chapter in the progress of civility that had the high and low points of Runnymeade, Cromwell, 1776 and 1860. Everyday women did more than the male pinpricks and penheads found in the titles and footnotes of historical treatises. If not given the choice of peace from gender equality, our world would be more peaceful if it were ruled solely by sitters rather than by standers.
The world will be a better place when women with the qualities of my queens, princesses and empresses have no glass ceiling to hinder their helping humanity. Women 50/50 not only gives women easier, automatic access to all elected offices but gives progressive experience and training.
I would also like to acknowledge Carol Carr Spence as the best member of the most important profession in the world, a home-maker, maybe with equals but none better. She personified what Barbara Bush meant in saying, "What is done in home is more important than what is done in the Halls of Congress."
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