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Are You Making a Difference Today?

Published September 14, 2018 by Maryanne

Victoria Woodhull

For the few who know how to read …
Is everyone following their dreams today? I am.
Is everyone working towards making the world a better place?
I am.
The biggest dream I have for 2019 is to get into the schools and speak on anti-bullying. I don’t say this verbally because you mention “bully” and people like to bring up how our president is the biggest bully. While I agree, I must also add that I feel neither party is 100 percent correct. Being an extremist and not finding flaw with your own party, going by a protocol is wrong.
You have to take your own steps to make the world a better place even if it means getting angry because that’s when you make a difference. Even if people laugh at you, STILL have your say! Laugh back at them because your views are just as important as everyone else. Especially if you are a woman, it’s your right.
Sharing hateful posts on Facebook that YOU DIDN’T WRITE isn’t going to do anything to change our country. Being right isn’t going to do anything to change our country. Calling someone a bully isn’t going to do anything to change our country. If you strongly believe in something, take a giant step towards doing it. You WILL be heard.
My two biggest inspirations are Rosa Parks and Victoria Woodhull. One changed the world, the other sure did try!
If you don’t know who they are, educate yourself about them. Be inspired and do your part. Especially if you are a woman! Being silent is not a good thing. If you’re shy and quiet, work towards having a bigger mouth, you CAN make a difference.

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Subconscious Segregation?

Published January 28, 2017 by Maryanne
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Aretha Franklin
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Carly Simon
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Donna Summer
Today my beautiful friend, Joan, and I had lunch in a lovely restaurant.
The women’s bathroom was awesome because on the walls were decorated with album covers of famous female artists. However, there was one flaw — the albums were segregated. All the white female musicians were lined up together, across two walls; and the black female musicians lined up together in another area.
I took the initiative to point this out to two of the male staff at the restaurant. That it was offensive and they should re-arrange the albums and mix the white and black women together!
Both workers said I was “right” and that I was the only person who ever pointed this out to them. I said that otherwise the restaurant was fantastic and one of my favorite restaurants in New Jersey.
I hope they take my words seriously. The need to.
Last weekend I went to a library and watched “The Rosa Parks Story,” an American made movie from 2002, starring Angela Bassett, portraying Rosa Parks. I’ve always been a fan of Rosa Parks because she took her stance and changed the world. There were those before her who tried to take a stand, doing what she did, but didn’t make the same impact.
I was born in 1963, so I did not live during the time of blatant segregation. From what I learned in history, I feel how black people were treated was completely barbaric and no way for human beings to treat each other.
This is why that restaurant bathroom was so offensive to me today. As a white woman, I felt it was necessary to defend my black sisters — even though there were no black people in the restaurant.
Whether the arrangement of the album covers — white on one side, black on the other — was intentional or accidental, it should not stay that way. As a race, the human race, we need to keep moving forward, not backwards.
I will certainly follow up with the restaurant and make sure the album covers are changed to mix the female entertainers together!
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