Happy Valentines Day! In the spirit of love, I’d like to take a moment to remember that “love does not insist on it’s own way.” In other words, love is about giving your neighbor freedom of choice.
In the United States: 1902 — Mary Anderson invented the first windshield wiper. In 1909, 22-year-old Alice Ramsey became the first woman to drive across the United States in a Maxwell car. In 1916 — The Girl Scouts initiated an “Automobiling Badge” for girls demonstrating driving skill, auto mechanics and first-aid skills. However, even though many women drove, many men and experts of the Victorian age discouraged women from taking up the activity due to her conceived frailty, timidity, and weak temperament. Not to mention, when stepping outside the confines of the home women may neglect their housekeeping, ignore their children, and degrade their morals. But some women chose to drive anyway–thank goodness.
Just last year women in Saudi Arabia won their fight for the right to drive–by brazenly driving and then posting the videos to YouTube. They will now officially be allowed to drive themselves to work–if they should choose to do so. Saudi women have been protesting the ban on women drivers since 1990 through the campaign Women2Drive @Women2DriveKSA
Now in Iran, 29 women were arrested for not wearing headscarves. In protest of the compulsory hijab, the women took off their hijabs in public and waved them on wooden sticks like flags. They were arrested for “disturbing public security.”
'The true face of feminism is in #Iran'
— Ashraf Sherjan (@ASJBaloch) February 5, 2018
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY especially to our sisters in Iran who are peacefully and vibrantly demonstrating freedom of choice.