It's my birthday and I'll beg if I want to…

Yes, today is my birthday.  A big one, too.  FIFTY! I may not much like the idea of being fifty, but I do love the life I have at fifty.  In particular, I love the women in my life who give me so much of what I value most deeply in life – love, support, laughter, challenge, connection.

Perhaps because I so appreciate the women in my life, I am a big fan and supporter of the Global Fund for Women. It is s a nonprofit grantmaking foundation that advances women’s human rights worldwide. It is a network of women (count me among them!) and men who believe that ensuring women’s full equality and participation in society is one of the most effective ways to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world. The Fund raises money from a variety of sources and make grants to women-led organizations that promote the economic security, health, safety, education and leadership of women and girls.

This is a short (2 minutes) introduction to the Fund. It made me cry.

This is a longer video that was shown at the Fund’s 20th Anniversary gala. It is about ten minutes and worth every second of your time:

I hope you will watch these videos and be inspired to lend your support to the Fund because I believe with all my heart and mind that, as they say, “the future of the world depends on the freedom of women.”

If you’ve ever gotten anything from reading The End of Motherhood? – a laugh, an idea, a sense of companionship on this road we travel together, please consider giving something to the Fund.  Any amount, no matter how small or large, will be equally appreciated.  You can DONATE HERE.

With thanks from the birthday girl, uh, woman.


15 thoughts on “It's my birthday and I'll beg if I want to…

  1. Hey Girl — I mean, “Woman”! Happy Birthday! 7/16 is my mom’s birthday, too. Mine is in December, and I’ll be turning 50 as well. I can’t WAIT to be 50. Fifty — I can be as crotchety as I want to be. I can be “set in my ways”, opinionated! Unapologetically quirky! NEVER speak in a little girl voice again. Tough. A broad! Don’t mess with me — I’m fifty!
    ‘At fifty, the mad woman in the attic breaks free, stomps down the stairs and sets fire to the house. She won’t be imprisoned any more!’ (Erica Jong)
    I’m posting a comment before viewing the movies — my computer is kicking me offline if I ask it to DO anthing this morning. Now, I’ll go try to watch them. —

  2. Oh, I hope you’re in the middle of a wonderful celebration.
    I’m 47 and coming up behind you.
    And you don’t have to wait for your birthday to blog about important causes.

  3. oh, I missed congratulating you on the big day. Welcome to a great club: Madonna, me and Deb of Family Dinner among the members. 50 is cool. Um, really.
    I gave to the Fund this year; does that count as an early birthday present?

  4. Happy 50th. I’m right at your heels–and embracing it as well.
    I feel very strongly as the mother of two girls that the future of the world depends on the freedom of women. But you don’t have to have girls to see that. Mothers of sons can do a tremendous amount by helping to shape the attitudes of the next generation of young men.
    What a wondrous gift you have given all of us by sharing these videos!

  5. Happy belated birthday! And thanks for helping me get back in touch with my feminine side – too much testosterone going around my house.
    Does this mean you’ll be wearing “a red hat with a purple dress that doesn’t match?”

  6. Happy, happy Birthday. And Motherhood never ends, it just gets better. I spent the afternoon with my daughter at an Obama rally. I’ve had a crazy year and spent no time on Firefangle. But my birthday resolution (since mine is coming up) is to explore Firefangle more and to make some friends. This site is just wonderful and congratulations on it. I will watch the videos with much interest. Happy Birthday!

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