marveled at the Amazons. Greek chroniclers could not accustom themselves
to the presence of the regiments of women in the army of Mithridates V,
King of Pontus, who came warring upon the Roman colonies in Asia Minor
at the beginning of the Christian era.
"Scythian auxiliaries in the persons of these
women supported him bravely.
"The Roman historians expounded fully and long
upon the Gothic captives which the Emperor Aurelian led back to the Eternal
City in 174 A. D. These heroines, powerful of arm, deep of chest and thick
of thigh, swung along in the triumph of the conqueror, wearing their armor
"The Caucasian Mountains for centuries contained
various independent bands of women fighters who subsisted on the game they
killed and upon the villages they conquered. "Civilized countries
put them down as unexplained mysteries."
-- Dorland, W. A. Newman.
The Sum of Feminine Achievement. Boston: The Stratford Company,
(Don't you just love that last line: "Civilized
countries put them down as unexplained mysteries." Why don't they
EVER ask women??)
03-29 DATES, ANNIVERSARIES, and
B. 03-29-1843, Frances Wisebart Jacobs began the kindergarten movement
in Colorado. She is the only woman among the 16 Colorado pioneers recognized
in stained glass portraits at the state capitol.
B. 03-29-1880, Rosina Lhevinne, outstanding artist and doyenne
of piano teachers during her long tenure at Juilliard. She disciplined
many of the top musical geniuses of her day including Van Cliburn, John
Browning, and Misha Dichter, emphasizing personal interpretation.
Event: 03-29-1932, Theodora Chan Wan is elected president of
the newly formed Chinese Women's Association.
B. 03-29-1936, Judith Guest, author. Her novel, Ordinary People,
was the first unsolicited manuscript accepted by Viking Publishers in 30
years. The movie version won four Academy Awards, including best picture.
Event: 03-29-1937, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively reverses
itself by approving a Washington State minimum wage law for women after
having reversed a similar law for New York the year before.
B. 03-29-1954, Karen Ann Quinlan, irreversibly comatose, she
"lived" for ten years on artificial feedings and medical breathing
machines and brought into focus the right to die with dignity without medical
"miracles" that prolong the appearance of life.
Federal and state law now enable people to determine
whether they should be hooked into life-supports and for how long, but
many judges refuse to consider a woman's decision as binding, often implying
that women's decisions are "whims."
Make sure you have written documents, properly executed
in conformance with your state's law, to express your intentions regarding
medical decisions (including "life support" systems that only
prolong death), which may need to be made under circumstances in which
you may no longer be able to make them for yourself.
QUOTES DU JOUR
COOK, BLANCHE WIESEN:
"Now nothing shatters
the myth of the angel in the house, the fragrant spirit in the garde so
fundamentally as the appearance of the independently passionate woman,
who chooses her mate, her partner, her lovers, for reasons of her own,
and according to the needs and wants of her own chemistry. The myths of
Victorian prudery and purity have been history's most dependable means
of social control. Class-bound and gender- related, obscured by privets
and closets and vanishing documents, establishment lust has followed the
dictates of establishment culture; traditionally for men only."
Blanche Wiesen Cook author of Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume One 1884-1933,
New York: Viking Press. 1992. This book is MUST reading, a true telling
of the age and the life of women.