Friday, April 25, 2014

The Vote that Could be heard around the World!

Women have endured persecution and overcome great challenges to be able to vote. 
Around the World, Women have been given the Vote at different milestones throughout History. 
  • 1893 New Zealand
  • 1902 Australia
  • 1906 Finland
  • 1913 Norway
  • 1915 Denmark
  • 1917 Canada
  • 1918 Austria, Germany, Poland, Russia
  • 1919 Netherlands
  • 1920 United States (19th U.S. Constitutional Amendment)
  • 1921 Sweden
  • 1928 Britain, Ireland
  • 1931 Spain
  • 1934 Turkey
  • 1944 France
  • 1945 Italy, Bosnia, Indonesia, Senegal
  • 1947 Argentina, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan
  • 1949 China, Syria
  • 1950 India
  • 1954 Colombia
  • 1956 Comoros, Egypt, Mali, Mauritania, Somalia
  • 1957 Malaysia, Zimbabwe
  • 1962 Algeria
  • 1963 Iran, Morocco
  • 1964 Libya, Sudan
  • 1967 Ecuador
  • 1971 Switzerland
  • 1972 Bangladesh
  • 1974 Jordan
  • 1976 Portugal
  • 1984 Liechtenstein
  • 1989 Namibia
  • 1990 Western Samoa
  • 1993 Kazakhstan, Moldova
  • 1994 South Africa, Oman
  • 2005 Kuwait
  • 2006 United Arab Emirates
  • 2015 Saudi Arabia Source
Countries that are ruled by Dictators, such as Brunei and United Arab Emirates, have limited voting rights for both men and women. Only 2 Countries that use an electoral system in government, currently do not allow women to vote:

❖Saudi Arabia ~ A resolution passed in 2011, but does not take effect until 2015.
Vatican City ~ The smallest country in the World with almost 800 inhabitants. The Pope is elected by the College of Cardinals. Women cannot be cardinals, therefore cannot vote.

Interesting Note: Liechtenstein was the last country in Europe to grant women voting rights in 1984.
Exercise your Rights, Women worked hard to get them for you!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Don't Be a Fool

☞ How did the tradition of April Fools Day originate?!

The origin is not exactly known. The most common theory according to the Discovery Channel, is it started when Europe moved from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian Calendar in 1592. In the Julian Calendar, April 1st marked the New Year. Individuals that continued to celebrate the New Year in the Spring were labeled April Fools and were subjected to pranks and mockery by those who adopted the Gregorian New Year of January 1st.

Even prior to this, various cultures had days or holidays that were dedicated to fun, amusement and humorous acts such as the Roman Holiday of Hilaria. This too was a celebration of the New Year after the Vernal Equinox. 

Whatever the origin, have fun with the jokes and pranks ~ this day should never be used to humiliate or hurt anyone. We never want to truly hamper the spirit or soul of another person

❑❍❒Let's keep it Fun❑❍❒

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mary of Magdala

I really enjoyed the strong role of Mary Magdalene in the new movie Son of God. It inspired me to look a little more into her story. 
Much speculation has surfaced about Mary Magdalene's role in Christ's life and her role in the early part of Christianity. A non-canonical book, the Gospel of Mary was discovered in 1896. In one of the passages, Peter is mocking Mary and Levi says, "Now I see you contending against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Saviour made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her?

Even without the official acknowledgement of the Gospel of Mary as a biblical text, the Bible still portrays Mary Magdalene as an important figure in the early followers of Christ and messengers of the Christian faith. She was one of the first disciples of Christ and faithfully followed him everywhere, she was there when he died and when he was resurrected. 

Strength in Women should not threatening - I am glad to see more media portraying Women as respected peers and in a positive light! 

Perceptions will change in time!