March is Women's History Month AND my late mother's birthday! AGC challenge was to select a listed quote for journaling. My hidden journaling is below and starts with this perfect quote since both women are Puerto Rican!!
"I do know one thing about me: I don't measure myself by others' expectations or let others define my worth. ~ Sonia Sotomayor
Justice Sotomayor would have been so proud to know that mom and I helped a 3rd grade-educated Visa-Sponsored LEGAL immigrant nanny we'll call "Maria" sue a MAJOR global corporation resulting in sweeping changes in labor and tax laws protecting live-n domestic workers from abuse of uncompensated working hours and "rent" deduction restrictions to also including employer paying medical and social security benefits.
Did you know Puerto Rican women were selected as human guinea pigs for the birth control pill?
After the United States seized control of Puerto Rico in 1898 US sugar and coffee growers saw an opportunity to make a lot of money. They bought up a lot of the farmland that had previously been owned by Puerto Rican farmers. Local farmers were displeased and had to choose between migrant agricultural work and city life.
By 1925 only 2% of the population owned 80% of the land, leaving 70% of Puerto Ricans landless. The majority of the population lived in abject poverty making only $4 a week with no opportunity to buy back their land. Puerto Ricans didn't even have the right to elect a governor. The United States typically appointed American politicians who they knew would advance US interests on the island. But the dominant narrative of the day was that overpopulation, in particular the overpopulation of poor Puerto Ricans, was to blame for poverty and every other societal ill on the island.
Discussions about race and overpopulation fueled debates about whether Puerto Rico was entitled to independence.
A 1925 editorial in Puerto Rico's largest daily newspaper, El Mundo, argued, "These endless offspring of our jibaros are the misfortune that retard our advancement." It goes on to say, "We would be grateful if the government sought a way for our country to stop being so overcrowded with residents without the opportunity to succeed in life." The eugenics movement, or the belief and practice of controlling
reproduction so that only so-called desirable traits are passed on, was thriving, both on the mainland United States and in Puerto Rico.
Women - especially the uneducated and poor will always be victimized until ALL women find their voice for change.
I am very lucky to have the strong survival traits that also inspired me to file suit with EEOC back in 1975 for my LEGAL right to maintain employment during pregnancy and sexual discrimination for employer-provided benefits.
You DO NOT need social media or a public profile to make change - just use your voice.