Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the daring women in the late 19th century, who had this Utopian idea, that women should have a say in American politics. Full of energy and with a lot of sacrifices she tried every means of political manipulation to achieve something which we take for granted today – the right to have a political vote.
These were the roots of what we commemorate today as “International women’s day”. A day especially advocated to the women`s equal rights in society.
The fight is not over yet, though we have come a long way. Particularly in the realm of medicine. Thank`s to the discovery of antibiotics and sanatization by Ignaz Semmelweiss, women don`t have to die anymore as a result of childbed fever. Menstruation is not seen anymore as something dirty or evil, as it had been during the medieval ages. It has been scientifically proven, that women do have orgasms. Furthermore, a lot of measures have been taken in regards to the prevention of venereal diseases.
Yet, there is still so much to be changed. It is a sad fact, that women today are more prone to develop a heart attack or a stroke than men. There are different reasons for this
1) the life-style of women has changed. Women`s liberation also brought a double burden to a lot of women, raising a family and having a career.
2) some women are stuck in family patterns they are overburdened with. The typical examples are women who honourably nurse one of their parents or their husband sometimes under terrible circumstances and without any outside assistance.
3) women do have different symptoms than men for angina pectoris or a heart attack. These are misread as stomach ulcers or simply not “feeling well”. Until a few years ago, heart attack was something known as a typical man`s fate.
4) A lot of women today have taken the former great invention of the anti-baby pill. Celebrated as a great doorway to independence, its side effects on the arterial system become evident many years later.
5) Women are given the same medication and dosages as men. It has not been recognized yet, that our body works differently. For example, we have less enzymes breaking down alcohol and medication in our liver. We also have less red blood cells than men.
6) We are not used to take breaks. It is in our nature to be there for everyone, trying to accommodate all the needs of our dearest ones, friends, neighbours, the church community. This is not healthy!
What can you do? Become a second Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Fight for your medical rights! Get educated on your own health issues. Find out about the condition of your heart and arteries and don`t fall for every drug description, which is not for you! Be critical and listen to your own demands!
More importantly, learn to say no and take selfish time for yourself. Ladies, have the greatest healthy peaceful day today.
Luv thy heart