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Happy birthday to the face of feminism! The glorious Gloria Steinem spent her 80th birthday bonding with elephants in Botswana. We at GlamTribale adore elephants! How wonderful to see think of Gloria Steinem and elephants— both icons of feminism— together. Women lead in elephant society, and Anne has written about these wild symbols of feminine power in Elephants Are Matriarchal and Kind to Females in the Animal World | Stop the Republican Disgrace of Elephants.
Gloria Steinem by Rachel Sumpter; GlamTribale Elephant Ceramic Art Tile or Trivet
“Steinem occupies a singular place in American culture. In the 1960s and 1970s, the whole concept of women’s place was transformed — discrimination was outlawed, hearts and minds were opened. In the history of our gender, this might have been the grandest moment. There were all kinds of reasons that the change happened at that particular time, and a raft of female leaders who pushed the movement along. But when people think about it, Gloria Steinem is generally the first name that pops up. She’s the face of feminism.” - Gail Collins, NYTimes
Despite being a global icon who is constantly on the go, Steinem is known and loved for remaining refreshingly down-to-earth and approachable:
“More than a half-century into her life as an international celebrity, she remains stupendously approachable, patient with questions, interested in revelations. When she goes to events, young women flock around her. All celebrities draw crowds, of course. The difference is that when Steinem is at the center, she’s almost always listening.” - Gail Collins, NYTimes
Speaking as a young woman— I am so inspired by Steinem’s luminous perspective on aging (she loves it!). I hope to be like her someday.
In 2011, Anne saw Steinem (along with Gloria Hill and Eve Ensler) in NYC at the “Sex, Power and Speaking Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later” press conference. Anne calls us all to action in Arise! Will Young Women Join Anita Hill, Gloria Steinem & Eve Ensler in the Republican War on Women?
My answer, Anne, is YES! And I hope that many others join us too— old, young, men, women, LGBT. The war to reclaim our rights over our own bodies still has a long way to go and there’s still so much work to be done. In Believing in Birth Control Doesn’t Make Me Un-American | 2Ps in a Pod, Anne spoke about the dire lack of sexual health rights in my own home country, The Philippines.
“I had just watched a PBS segment on family planning in the Philippines. In it the Catholic bishop spoke aggressively against controlling population, saying that it was fine that women have as many children as possible. We both know the Catholic Church believes it is a woman’s duty. It’s the world’s challenge to figure out how to feed all these babies, not for women to have fewer children argues the bishop who has never had a baby in his life. It’s so easy for the bishop to say a woman should have 12 children. There is no concern about maternal mortality with the bishop. There was a scene of women lying in the maternity ward in the Philippines with babies everywhere. They can’t get proper care. Yet there is no concern about a better life for the children that already exist and the mother herself in the bishop’s words. Science tells us that the food supplies especially the fishing stocks in the region are severely depleted. But the bishop says babies, babies, we need more babies. Women must make babies. It is our duty. Women are incubators and that’s the end of it. We can write all these nice words and phrases about the sanctity of women, but at the end of the day when any discussion about women’s freedoms as human being arise, we are put in our place.” - Anne
It’s been over a year since the enactment of the RH (Reproductive Health) Law in the Philippines, but we are still waiting for its implementation. In fact, the enactment process alone took 14 years of battling strong opposition from the Catholic Church! The Supreme Court issued an indefinite restraining order on the RH Law last year thereby “reinforcing a status quo where 11 women die every day due to lack of access to reproductive health services”, according to the law’s co-author Risa Hontiveros, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Her fellow co-author, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Judge of the International Criminal Court and Senator, calls the lack of the RH Law sheer cruelty.
Both Hontiveros and Santiago have emphasized that reproductive health rights are universal human rights. They’ve called out those who claim to be “pro-life” while ignoring the rights of women. They’ve also called out the Catholic Church in the Philippines for amassing opposition against RH by leveraging people’s ignorance.
“If the bill is highly controversial, it is not because it is dangerous to humans or to the planet. The reason this bill is emotionally charged is because of the fervent opposition of the Catholic Church in the Philippines.” - Miriam Defensor Santiago on CNN: Leave no woman behind: Why we fought for Reproductive Health Bill
“We freely, in an informed manner, responsibly and joyfully, decide about our bodies. No one else can or should do that for us. We choose life, we embrace its every cycle, from birth and girlhood to the childbearing years to menopause or climacterium and then death. We want each and every sister to have a chance at that fullness of life.” - Risa Hontiveros in an open letter responding to the Catholic Church in the Philippines
We need more women warriors in the world. I am very lucky to have so many of them in my family, including my mom (Ginggay Hontiveros), and my aunt (Risa Hontiveros). It is with great pleasure that I close this issue of Engage by showcasing my mom’s glorious nude paintings. Thank you to Anne for inviting me to include them here. As an artist and art enthusiast, I especially enjoy seeing women artists paint female nudes. To me, this is a symbolic creative act of women reclaiming their rights over their bodies.
At AnneOfCarversville and GlamTribale, we wholeheartedly honor women warriors and hope to cultivate more of them through the power of education. GlamTribale’s largest store yet will open at The Marketplace at Teaberry on April 7, right after a busy weekend at the 2014 Spring Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts on April 5 and 6 at Historic Ocean City Music Pier Boardwalk. By growing GlamTribale’s business success, we are able to give more to our advocacies, including Shining Hope Foundation’s Kibera School of Girls in Africa:
This sunny photo from the Kibera School of Girls never fails to make us smile!
As women warriors, let’s join hands in bringing peace to this planet. Stay tuned as we continue to make herstory!