It just so happens that the #2 song* on the Top 40 charts 50 Years Ago this Month, was the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday.”
That song didn’t strike a chord in those turbulent times—that mirror today—because there were so many women named Ruby. No, the song personified her independence, still considered a mark of rebel insolence in women, as late as the 1960s.
Have you ever actually heard its lyrics? “Don’t question why she needs to be so free | She’ll tell you it’s the only way to be …”** Absolutely.
Celebrating the rights and wonders of women everywhere today…
WOMANPOWER (woomʹɘn pouʹɘr) n. – the collective strength or potential for work, activism, etc. of the women in a given group, area, nation, etc. [WW #102]
“Ruby” (Linda Keith, according to Keith Richards’ book, Life, as noted in Wiki) was free-spirited and reports indicate she’d wandered down a typically Sixties dangerous path. Disturbingly, her womanpower to choose that path was revoked.
We all make mistakes; and while some of our choices can ruin our lives, no one has a crystal ball to know which ones, or in what way. The key word is CHOICE. An ominous choice of today could turn into a sparkling future tomorrow. Bottom line, it should be our choice—male or female—on equal levels.
Women have struggled for equal footing with men, since time began. Why has it always been so? Who cares. That it is STILL an issue, is the problem.
In this age of “politically correct” changes made to practically everything (right or wrong), in terms of gender, race, and culture, why have we not addressed, arguably, the single-most powerful assertion of American history?
The Declaration of Independence states:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men …” (My bolding.)
Think about it. If the men who wrote that document truly meant “men” in a general, all-inclusive term, then why didn’t they simply write “people”? As in “We the people ...”? Because they wrote what they meant. Women were not included in that vital declaration of independence …
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So. Isn’t it past-time to create a new Declaration that supports the people of today’s America, and our children’s future? It can be done … with #womanpower.
Word Challenge: WOMANPOWER. Male or Female, think about its implications, history, and our need for its collective intelligence, as you fit womanpower into your week of potent writings.
Write first for yourself … only then can you write for others. (L.Rochelle)
* KFRC/San Francisco, March 1, 1967 (featured survey March, 2017); “Ruby Tuesday” had been #1 for weeks, supplanted by the combined male-female power of “Happy Together.”😉
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