Thursday, March 8, 2018

Women's Progress

Photo transfer collage - marker photo transfer, fabric, eco dye, tea bags,stitching - Wilma Simmons 
Happy International Women's Day to strong, accomplished and beautiful women everywhere. 

The theme for 2018 International Women's Day is  PRESS FOR PROGRESS .... Last year, the World Economic Forum 's Global Generation Gap report indicated that gender parity is over 200 years away. There has never been a better time for women and men to strive towards gender  equity. And while we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. 
International Women's Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere ...Let's all Press for Progress.
Today at a personal level, I'm celebrating the achievements of women before me and the progress in the status of women. I acknowledge there is still a way to go, but today let's celebrate how far we've come... Meet Rose Sophia Jones (Redrup) 1867-1940  (photographed above )  and consider her life in Birmingham, England through two world wars and the Depression as a 'char woman', a working class wife and mother. This photo taken circa 1912 shows a considerable level of poverty but she seems to have an air of contentment.From what we know of family history, in spite of the adverse living conditions she found herself in, she remained determined, strong and capable. Rose Sophia was my husband Jim's great grandmother

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