Women’s History Month 2012: Education & Empowerment

One day, a number of years ago, I was stunned to discover that the compulsory history books and classes in my public school system ignored or wrongly attributed to men the significant accomplishments of women.  Apparently I’m not the first person to note this discrepancy since Women’s History Month was organized 30 years ago.  Celebrated during the month of March, it serves to highlight the contributions of women in history and today.
 
This year’s theme, “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment” asks us to explore the distinctive link that shows educating women has often empowered them in their communities.  Throughout the history of our country, whether exploring science, theology, or medicine, examples of women as trailblazers can be found. 
 
Interestingly, many traced the beginnings of their education to first finding a deep, abiding faith in a God that is all good.  This fueled not only a personal conviction of spiritual self-worth, but also lead them to effective, ground breaking invention and activism.
 
Perhaps there is another perspective to explore here – the humility echoed in this passage from the Bible, “I will [in my thinking] stand upon my post of observation and station myself on the fortress, and will watch to see what He will say within me and what answer I will make…”

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