Why We Need Women: International Women’s Day & Standing with Girls to Change the World

annvoskamp.com | 3/8/2018 | Staff
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hen it came it right down to it, she might as well have just been the old woman who shacked up in a shoe.

Women who want an easy story rarely change history.

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True, she seemed only about 5’2, and her worn and weathered skin looked like polished leather, and she was all of a frail eighty-eight years old, but there are women who make sure wherever they live is taking steps in the right direction.

When we knocked on her door just before an afternoon storm blew up over the hills in the east, the 88 year old woman beckoned us straight into her circle of 10 big-eyed, hungry kids. Every face in the room was nuanced and intricate, rich with story.

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Women who want an easy story rarely change history.

Grandma Em’s an 88 year-old woman who had 10 children living under her roof, 10 children around her table looking for food for empty tummies, 10 children looking for a pillow and place to sleep, 10 children needing shoes and clothes and school fees and books, all under Grandma Em’s care alone.

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When you care about a woman, you care about a generation.

How did that string of lines go again?

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There was an old lady who lived in a shoe, she had so many children — she had so many children she’d welcomed, that she became kind of a bottomless well of joy, that she drank from a well of youth, and welcoming children had her become well in her soul. A woman’s life withers or expands in proportion to how much she risks opening her heart.A woman’s life withers or expands in proportion to how much she risks opening her heart.

There’s not a stick of furniture in the house.

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Grandma Em motions for us to come in, to sit on the dirt floor, on the...
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