On this important anniversary, let’s unite for an Earth Shot for all
We celebrate fifty years of space exploration on July 20, 2019. On that day in 1969, man first walked on the moon, taking “One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for all mankind.”
I don’t know about you guys, but I am so excited about this. It is all about hope. We can do astonishing things! We can drive science and technology! We can work together! but most of all, we can promote hope! And that means, we can help Earth save our planet by defending the only world we have.
Another giant leap, arguably a bigger one, should also be celebrated. On July 20, 1848, the first convention for women’s rights convened to pass a resolution requesting that women have the right to vote. There were other proposals, but it is women’s suffrage, arguing that females should be included in the constitutional phrase: “That all men — and women — are created equal.”
This was well before the civil war, and it would be decades before people of color, and women, finally won the right to have more say in their lives.
July 20. 2019 marks 171 years since women, notably Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony, first had the temerity to ask that women be included in a democracy. Other nations, and a few states, would grant women’s voices before the 20th century dawned and passed suffrage in 1920.
Whole new worlds
Is getting the vote as important as stepping off our planet? Yes. Before that time, women were not allowed to own property. They were not allowed to keep their own wages — if they had any. They were sometimes denied visitation of their own children. They could not establish credit, or have any recourse to marital rape, incest, violence, or abuse.
The entire world is better off, men included, when women have a say, and therefore more respect and autonomy under the law. Men bear less burden of responsibility. They endure less resentment.
Men went to the moon. Women worked for NASA, wives, mothers, daughters and countless other females, all contributed to the space race. But in the final analysis, it was men who were chosen to represent Earth, “To come in peace for all MAN kind.”
It’s true that the word “man” is supposed to include woman-kind too, but decades of psychological tests have demonstrated that no one thinks of a female upon hearing any phrase using the word man, such as: “We put a man in space!”
The first mammal to orbit Earth was a bitch. Yes. Laika, the stray, Soviet, dog who was sacrificed for science, was a female.
Becoming equal in heart, mind, and power
Females, as the Kimmy Schmidt song says, “are strong as hell.” We absolutely have to be. Putting up with thousands of years of people like Predator Trump and Jeffrey Epstein have made us that way.
Having to endure millions of slights and injustices, taking on the burden of most unpaid work, bearing babies, providing care giving, made us this way. My mother, for example made sure I saw the moon landing, even though I was considered too young.
For most of history, it is women who suffer most due to rape culture. Women hauled and harvested. They cooked the food. Cleaned the house. Wiped the babies butts. Cared for the sick.
Not all women supported women’s suffrage. Many women who believed it was women’s role to be subservient according to misinterpreted scripture, and “tradition.”
Such women held out to do what they thought was right. Why would they do that? It’s because females are strong as hell. Thanks, Tina Fey.
More importantly, it was men who loved women who withheld human rights the longest. Some of the most powerful men laughed, scoffed, ridiculed, tormented, and even abused women who dared to step off the world as it was.
This week, instead of honoring our most heroic explorers, the men and women of NASA, and all who work and dream, we are embroiled in an absurd debate concerning congressional representatives, terrible tweets, and hurtful words of racism and sexism…
Stop that, America, it’s stupid!
AOC, nor any of the ‘squad’ are running for president. It’s time instead, to find another ‘girl’. No other gesture goes farther than finding someone to run like a girl to defeat racism, sexism, divisiveness, and hatred. We are so much better than the wrong stuff.
Aim for the stars, and better angels of our nature
Let’s also remember, it was also men, (not just idiots), but strong and just men, who saw that women too, should be allowed basic human rights, representation, and autonomy. Together, the new world was reached. This is what we must be, and do. Explore. Grow. Thrive.
We are now in a crisis of climate and threatened democracy. But it would do us well to remember the right stuff that we are made of, both men and women.
An Earth shot, an honoring and celebration of all things primarily female, the Earth and moon, is justified right now. And, a celebration too, of all things primarily male: solar power, muscular strength, providing and protecting, and magnificent masculinity is also necessary.
We share our DNA with every being on Earth. In fact, we are Earth. It’s ridiculous that we can’t do better to cooperate, support, create equality for ALL our brothers and sisters, and it’s also dangerous.
There is plenty of overlap in the spheres of womanhood and manhood. That is a good thing. Our shared strengths will help us find the world we need. It is our differences, not just men and women, but whole cultures, and honored diversity, among-and even beyond- the human race that matters. We are all part of nature. We need the whole supportive world as never before, and every great mind within it.
With a relentless effort toward equality for all people, we can achieve progress as never before. We can learn that cooperation is far more valuable than conquest. We can begin by loving one another and then take that giant leap that allows us to include the whole planet of forests, mountains, oceans, meadows, and more.
Repair the cradle so we can launch onward
As Konstantin Tsiolkovsky wrote, “Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” Let’s take that thought ‘one small step’ beyond.
The hands that together rock the cradle can not only discover whole new realms, we can also recreate beautiful worlds right here on Earth.