Gratitude on International Women's Day

Gratitude on International Women’s Day

As women in the United States we can give thanks for the progress that has been made in women’s rights and opportunities. My maternal grandmother and paternal great-grandmothers immigrated to Michigan from Finland. With great effort they raised families while managing subsistence farms. My paternal grandmother wanted to go to elementary school but was needed at home.

I am thankful for these women!

Grandmothers & Gratitude

My opportunities are much greater than theirs were. I have benefited from their sacrifices.

I recently finished reading I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl*. Hilda Satt Polachek came to the United States from Poland as a child.   Within two years her of family’s arrival,  her father died.    Hilda’s mother was faced with raising the family in a new country. Hilda went to work in a knitting factory at the age of thirteen to help support the family.

In the United States we have made  great  progress,  and  we need to      acknowledge this. Women have equal rights and opportunities.

Currently more young women are going to college than young men. Click here for the research.

I am thankful for God’s word and the assurance that He loves me, a woman. Jesus demonstrated his respect, his concern and his equal treatment of women.

I am thankful for my church and the freedom to worship that we have in the United States. Many women in the world do not have this freedom or the same opportunities.

When we take time for gratitude, we can experience peace and joy.

I bless Yahweh every chance I get;
my lungs expand with his praise.

I live and breathe Yahweh;
If things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:

Join me in spreading the news;
Together let’s get the word out.

Yahweh met me more than halfway,
He freed me from my anxious fears.
Psalm 34: 1-4 MSG

What can you give thanks for?

*Hilda Satt Polacheck edited by Dena Polacheck Epstein, I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl, University of Illinois Press, 1989

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Carol

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

2 thoughts on “Gratitude on International Women’s Day”

  1. Carol, isn’t it amazing how we can enjoy so many opportunities today because of the sacrifices of our ancestors? In the same way we are paving the way for our daughters to follow. This is both a great honour and a great responsibility and I’m grateful that we have the chance to make a difference for them. Blessings to you!

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