Hello SK fans, LMA here reporting from Camp Fresh Pond, where I was dumped off – I mean committed – no, I mean where I am so FORTUNATE to be while MAD enjoys the UK on an expense account and My Pub has decided she’s too busy to care for me while he’s gone.
In between roasting catnip over open fires and being ruthlessly catty with the other campers, I’ve looked over the stats of suffragettekitty. Those of you with wordpress blogs know that we can see which posts receive the most hits and which sort of fall flat.
Two past posts receive hits pretty much every day. They are the one highlighting Melinda Gates and the one highlighting Abercrombie and Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries. Polar opposites in our opinion. Melinda is one of our favorites – a tireless and selfless advocate for women and children around the world. Mike, well, let’s just say we don’t (and never have and never will) shop at A&F.
Let’s focus on Melinda, a class act. One of the main points of suffragettekitty is to advocate for women around the world, so she is an ideal ambassador. During my Louisa May Alcott iteration back in the U.S. Civil War era, women fought for the vote. Without that, our voices were mute. It took years of advocacy. We finally won the right – a basic right, in 1920.
But our fight does not end there. As you know women and others continue to be oppressed. So, we speak for for them, and no one does it better than Melinda. Last week, when My Pub should have been doing her taxes and other stuff, she instead wisely spent that time creating a Facebook page for me. There we connected with Melinda’s Facebook page, which raises awareness of the trouble spots in the world.
Yesterday’s post was quite alarming.
Did you know that now, as in the year 2014, more than one million newborns die within hours of being born every year? And get this, more than 800 women die EACH DAY from complications with pregnancy and/or childbirth That’s insane. With all the technology and medical advancements in the world, why is this happening?
The poorest among us, of course, are the hardest hit.
Melinda finds this appalling. I find this appalling and my pub finds this appalling. So, we’re going to take the baton from Melinda and continue spreading the word.
Save The Children is a decades-old nonprofit commissioned to do exactly that, Save The Children. It has begun a campaign The Newborn Promise, to end the high infant mortality rate by 2025. Here is part of its mission statement:
• Save 2 million newborn lives each year
• Convince governments worldwide to invest a minimum of $60 a person for health care spending
• Increase the availability of healthcare to the poorest
• Convince governments worldwide to train and equip health-care workers
• Have governments remove user fees for maternal, newborn and child healthcare services.
Every prospective parent (and we’re talking the dads here, too) should be allowed to both embrace the joy of a new child and enable that child to grow into a healthy, happy and productive person.
The date of birth should mark the beginning of a child’s life and not the end.
p.s. My sister Abigail Alcott Nieriker died of childbed fever, which is really complications of delivery.
p.s.s. Facebook friend me at Louisa May Alcatt.