1. Heather over at Women in the Scriptures referenced One Thing Needful: Becoming Women of Greater Faith in Christ by Patricia Holland. I read it last night and realized it's pretty much my favorite chapter in her book A Quiet Heart if you want to read it without buying the book!
2. I finished the Newsweek issue from March 14 that contained a lot about women. In it there was an article about Hillary Clinton. Now, honestly, the Clinton's aren't my most favorite people, but this comment about Hillary is worth mentioning:
Speculation continues that Clinton would stay on in a second Obama term, and a few pundits go as far as to suggest she might even make another White House run in 2016, though Bill Clinton joked recently that his wife now covets the title of grandmother far more than that of commander in chief.
The article also mentioned:
- In the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, where women cannot travel without male permission or drive a car, a grandson of the Kingdom’s founding monarch (Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud) last month denounced the way women are “economically and socially marginalized” in Arab countries.
- “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all,” Clinton declared.
- Women still earn 33 cents less per dollar than men.
Also, there was an article entitled, "The Feminists in the Middle of Tahrir Square."
- ...the State Department estimates there are now 12.3 million adults and children worldwide in “forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution.”
- "Veiling and nakedness are two faces of the same coin,” she told one reporter. “Women are sex objects in the free market. I am against makeup. Plastic surgery is a postmodern veil,” she said, looking at me, smiling, laughing silently.
3. Ruth at Empowering LDS Women linked to a Deseret News article entitled "From the Homefront: Why every mom needs a purpose beyond motherhood." I very much agreed with the article, but I just wanted to add, that when we do make time for ourselves to do things we want, we still have to be careful not to over do it. The author said she got burned out by not doing things she personally enjoyed, but I think, too, on the other hand, when we're getting up before kids and staying up late after they go to bed, it's just as easy to get burned out! I keep trying to remind myself that someday in the future I can devote more time to personal interests.
4. Last one: Erin at Mamas Who Know linked to another Deseret News article entitled "Studies say children subtract from happiness, so what do we really feel?" Let me tell you, the stats and studies quoted in this article are so much of the reason why it was so hard for us to want to have a family! After quite a change of heart, now, I was so ready to be so irritated with this article, but the point was actually good in the end -- although studies seem to say we have less freedom and happiness when we have children, we wouldn't give those children up for anything.
Wish I could say more, but I gotta go!