by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC
The 2015 Women’s History Month Theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.”
So, we are invited to prayerfully remember the women who have helped ‘to weave’ the stories of our lives. Who are the women who have shaped, nurtured and challenged you into being the woman you are today? Remember them throughout this month.
And, even more importantly, remember women around the U.S., and around the world, who are struggling to maintain their dignity by fighting domestic abuse; women who live and work in unhealthy and unsafe conditions; women who are paid low wages and work long hours and those who suffer sexual harassment. Remember women around the world who struggle with oppressive environments; women deprived of rights, education and opportunities to thrive.
During these next few days and weeks, I invite you to write women in leadership roles, especially those serving in the U.S. Congress and our women Supreme Court Justices. Encourage and challenge them to speak and vote for the rights of women for equal page. I invite you to especially ask them to support the dignity and rights of immigrant women who are being detained and separated from their children. Ask them to support funding for programs that support working women and their families.
Then, throughout the month, watch for ways to affirm women who are standing for justice; women who exhibit compassion for ‘the dear neighbor.’