Today is International Women’s Day, which is a day of recognizing the achievements of women all over the world. Women have made great strides in political, economic, and social arenas, but there is still much to be done.
I want to take a moment to talk about three inspiring women I have met in Seattle this week:
Jane Drichta, a midwife whose dream is to start a training academy for midwives in Uganda. Jane just published a book called The Essential Homebirth Guide, which has a foreword by Dr. Christiane Northrup. I’ll be writing a profile about Jane soon.
Rebeca, a 30-something woman who moved here from upstate New York on a whim, with no job, no friends, and very little money. She is a first generation Cuban-American with a great “go-getter” attitude about making this momentous life change. She reminds me of myself, when I first moved years ago to Seattle without a plan in my head!
I had the good fortune of sampling her amazing Cuban cooking– influenced by the women in her life: hummus made with sweet potatoes, Navy Bean soup with squash, salad, and wonderful homemade bread and a coffee walnut carob chip muffin made by her housemate, Karen.
Karen, the housemate, is a lovely woman I connected with through this blog. We discovered we have lots in common, particularly our Peace Corps experiences and interests in philanthropy. She is going by herself to Guatemala in April for two and a half weeks to do three main things (besides sightsee!):
– Visit a medical practice and school started by friends who moved to Guatemala five years ago
– Visit an orphanage to meet the children who were sponsored by her parents and sister
– Volunteer in a village doing construction-type work
I can’t wait to do this sort of thing when I am retired!