From the Editor

International Women’s Day

On March 8, the world honors women, and celebrate their social, economic, cultural and political achievements. For 2019, the theme is, “better the balance, better the world.”

Julia Tuttle, 10-foot bronze statute by sculptors Eugene Daub and Rob Firmin, in Bayfront Park. It was unveiled in 2010. Photo, Aurea Veras.

Growing up surrounded by women, it never ceased to amaze me their unique capacity to handle so many things simultaneously, and that intelligence defying books and formal learning. My mother was not a doctor, but diagnosed with precision what ailed her children, and provided the first cure. My grandmother was not a writer, but every night her twists and inventions rendered age-old stories brand new.

When collaborating with a magazine directed by Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I heard him said that history in Latin America advanced on the shoulders of women; too often men grabbed their guns and off they went looking for glory. Women stayed behind, caring for the family, the farm, the economy.

President Carter concurred in a message to the nation designating March 2–8, National Women’s History Week: “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”

And a woman speaking of women, Margaret Thatcher, said it best: If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.

History Begins at Home

Roxy Bolton, Miami women rights activist, and Eleonor Roosevelt, 1956.

Accordingly, this editorial honoring women must include our local colleagues, representatives, our women from all walks of life. The cleaning lady whose hands beautify our existence, a relentless county commissioner, an architect in a men-dominated development, the lawyer who opts for a community organization over a juicer paycheck, and the activist protecting our environment, improving our educational system, defending our parks from predators, fighting for gender equality, and our journalists, historians, teachers and health promoters. Names that enrich us imperceptibly, as Saint Francis said of flowers, Eileen, Amal, Joy, Elena, Islara, Christina, Maria…

Interamerican Women’s Congress celebrated in Guatemala in 1951. Ligia Guerrero, first row, penultimate to the right. Photo courtesy of Maria Angelica Martinez.

On a personal level, a posthumous salute to an aunt, Ligia Guerrero, a pioneering suffragist, and the current seven women in my life, in alphabetical order: daughter in law, granddaughter, niece, three sisters, and wife.

A special place in any celebration, of course, is reserved for Julia Tuttle, the Mother of Miami. Reporting on the unveiling of her statue in Bayfront Park, Kelly House wrote: “As a woman, Julia couldn’t vote. But it was her 644 acres of land, and her plan, that made Miami a reality. And historian Arva Moore Parks added: “Miami rose as if by magic. Here’s the magician.”

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