Women Wednesday #74
Posted on 30 May 2018
Hours after a statement from Trump announcing that they plan to implement a rule banning reproductive healthcare providers, like Planned Parenthood, from getting certain federal funds if they provide abortion referrals, a response was made from WNBA President Lisa Borders. “The WNBA stands with Planned Parenthood against the Trump administration’s most recent attack on a woman’s right to affordable, safe and comprehensive health care. PlannedParenthjoo provides essential services for families and communities across the country and to support their critical work is to support all women.” This was the league announcement of the “Take A Seat, Take A Stand” program; for each ticket purchased, the league will donate $5 to one of six organizations that focus on issues key to women’s lives—and one of those organizations is Planned Parenthood. The WNBA’s leadership didn’t have to take this stand on their opening night, one of the biggest nights of its season. It did anyway. And we fucking love them for it.
History has a habit of sticking in ways you wouldn’t always expect. Nothing shows this more than beautiful attire of the Herero women in Namibia. The Herero came under the influence of German missionaries during the 19th century who took exception to what they considered to be the immodesty of the traditional Hererodress, or lack of dress. At the time the Victorian dress, petticoat and all, was still considered to be appropriate for a woman and the missionaries wives dressed the women of the Herero accordingly by sewing long dresses for them that covered the arms and the neck. These stunning Victorian dresses are now a part of the Herero culture and still worn by women today. It’s a living symbol of their survival of the German forces, which almost annihilated the entire people. Another beautiful example of feminine items being deeply important and influential, both to themselves and to those who see them. The history is stitched into the dresses.
Eileen Kramer is 103 years old, which in itself is amazing. What’s more amazing is that after a lifetime of dance, she’s not given up dancing or choreographing. She grew up in Sydney and attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, before seeing Gertrud Bodenwieser's dance company in 1939 and deciding on a life in dance. She traveled to India, Europe (Learning the twist from Louis Armstrong!!) and America before returning to Australia at the age of 99 "because she missed the kookaburras". Still going strong, just last year, she created a dance-drama A Buddha's Wife, inspired by her travels in India. It forms part of a wider work celebrating her life, supported by the Arts Health Institute. "I still like to see myself looking well and good, made up, dressed nicely and doing something ... I still like to wear lipstick... I still have emotions, I still become deeply moved by something." Recently, Kramer has been refining her technique of dancing sitting down, using expressive arm movement and gestures, to counter some problems with dizziness. We think she’s amazing, that kind of passion isn’t seen every day.
Have a positive week,
Love Neon Moon x
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