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Published on Week X Week, by the owner of this blog, February 11, 2009.
If my husband is reading this: Honey, don’t skimp on the chocolate. Flowers are fine too. Valentines Day only comes once a year, and I confess to a certain fondness for the tried and true.
Tradition can be a beautiful thing. It can also be a shackle. So while we in the West go in for hearts and flowers, women around the world are asking for the same thing they ask for every day: R E S P E C T (Thank you, Aretha). And sisters, we are getting it …
… The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (which states that the 180-day statute of limitations for pay discrimination resets with each new discriminatory paycheck, was signed into U.S. law on January 29, 2009, by U.S. President Barack Obama, see on wikipedia), the first piece of legislation Barack Obama signed as President, honors a woman who demanded respect in the form of wages equal to those of men. Lilly will reap no financial benefit from this legislation, but she declares herself satisfied because other women will.
I count myself blessed because I don’t have to ask for respect at work or at home. If they could only remember to put the toilet seat down, the men in my life would be practically perfect. I hope, wherever you are, that you are similarly blessed. That frees our energy to stand with our sisters and make sure that all people everywhere get the respect they desire and deserve.
I’ll just take mine with chocolate on the side. (full text).