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This is our dream, this is the desire we cherish in our hearts: to restore the honor of the woman, who is half of our heart, our companion in the joys and tribulations of life.  If she is a maiden, the young man should love her not only because of her beauty and her amiable character, but also on account of her fortitude of mind and loftiness of purpose, which quicken and elevate the feeble and timid and ward off all vain thoughts.  

Let the maiden be the pride of her country and command respect, because it is a common practice on the part of Spaniards and friars here who have returned from the Islands to speak of the Filipina as complaisant and ignorant, as if all should be thrown into the same class because of the missteps of a few, and as if women of weak character did not exist in other lands…

Why does the girl not require of her lover a noble and honored name, a manly heart offering protection to her weakness, and a high spirit incapable of being satisfied with engendering slaves?  Let her discard all fear, let her behave nobly and not deliver her youth to the weak and faint-hearted.

When she is married, she must aid her husband, inspire him with courage, share his perils, refrain from causing him worry and sweeten his moments of affection, always remembering that there is no grief that a brave heart can not bear and there is no bitterer inheritance than that of infamy and slavery.  

Open your children’s eyes so that they may jealously guard their honor, love their fellowmen and their native land, and do their duty. Always impress upon them they must prefer dying with honor to living in dishonor.  The women of Sparta should serve you as an example in this.

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Jose Rizal, Letter to the Young Women of Malolos, December 12, 1888. 

Originally written in Tagalog and published in La Solidaridad, Rizal addressed this letter of encouragement and high praise to the Filipina women in Malolos who bravely petitioned Governor General Valeriano Weyler to open a “night school” for them. This was, despite the great resistance of the Spanish friars in Malolos. Numerous attempts at education were shut down by authorities. But at the time, the women heard of the news that the Spanish Governor General was in Malolos for a short visit, and immediately, these women organized themselves, went to the house where the Governor-General was (to his and the friars’ surprise), and handed to him themselves their petition. 

When Rizal heard of the news, he immediately wrote this letter to them.

Even when the school was granted and was eventually closed again, this group of women made waves–some eventually joined the Katipunan, and many of them joined the first Philippine Red Cross in the First Philippine Republic. Some of them lived on and established local feminist organizations that paved the way for the championing of women’s rights in the Philippines during the American Colonial Period and the eventual passage of the women’s suffrage during the Commonwealth.

The musical docu-drama Ang Kababaihan ng Malolos (2014), directed by Kiri Dalena and Sari Raissa Lluch Dalena with screenplay by Nicanor Tiongson, was dedicated to them.

May 21, 1917 - Imperial War Graves Commission Established

Pictured - Their Name Liveth for Evermore.

A traveler driving through northern France today will notice along the side of the road countless small cemeteries of well-tended white tombstones. They are some of the 2,500 Commonwealth War Grave cemeteries scattered around the world, commemorating British and Commonwealth war dead on every continent where they have served. Some, like Tyne Cot cemetery, are massive, holding the remains of 12,000 men who died in the Passchendaele offensive, more than 8,000 graves marked unknown. And others are tiny shrines to far-flung fallen, like the little cemetery on the Danish island of Anholt, which holds the bodies of five RAF airmen killed in World War 2, including a relative of your author.

The establishment of this remarkable service is owed to one civilian named Sir Fabian Ware. Too old to enlist in 1914, Ware joined the British Red Cross, but soon felt compelled to do something about the massive number of war dead being suffered by the British military. Most fallen soldiers were buried in poorly-marked plots near where they had fallen, hopefully to be reburied at some later time. Many thousands of the dead were simply never found at all. Ware determined to provide a more lasting monument.

On May 21, Ware’s efforts culminated in the establishment of the Imperial War Graves Commission (renamed the Commonwealth WGC after the end of the empire). France agreed to sell plots of land in perpetuity to Britain for the burial of war dead. Rudyard Kipling provided the words for a cenotaph in the larger graveyards: “Their Name Liveth for Evermore.” All war dead, whether officer or enlisted, British or from the empire, received the same treatment in lines of white gravestones.

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More of my Genderplus!Peggy!  :D  [Previously here]

I really enjoyed re-imagining the Red Dress scene with this context.  It had always seemed weird that Peggy’d get all dressed up, walk into the pub, say 3 lines to Steve, and then walk out. 

I decided to give the Red Cross nurses names and personalities.  Rose is definitely the classier lady, probably studied to be a nurse at a proper school and everything.  Her younger brother James is in college and didn’t get drafted, but she worries about him.  She seems calm and mild, but there’s a steely inner strength that shows up at the operating table.  She can’t wait for the war to be over, but she’s worried that nothing will be the same.

Ethel is slightly older than the others, and she’s married.  She started out helping out at the local catholic hospital.  She has seen a lot of needless death and illness, but her reaction was to find the silver lining in everything.  She’s also very strong, and loves pastels.

Ana (short for Analisa), is a daughter of Italian immigrants, who joined the Red Cross to help people, and also to see the world and get out of the tenements where she grew up.  She can be a bit rough around the edges, but she’s used to being the odd one out, so she doesn’t really care.  The three met on D-Day – when the storming of the beach was happening, and German artillery shells were landing awfully close to the ship they were on, those three were the only ones who stayed on the deck to watch the landing.

After Peggy’s conversation with Steve, she went back across the street and they spent to evening chatting.  They crashed at Peggy’s flat, and the next morning Peggy took the morning off to run errands with the ladies – buying supplies, mailing letters, etc.  Then she gets back to the office to find Steve kissing some random chick.  D:

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I’m not sure if this passes the Bechdel test, because they *do* talk about about men.  But I think what’s more important is that the conversation is centered on them – they’re talking about men in context of their own stories and their own emotions.

I’m also continuing to fake the fashion and decor.  One day I might care enough to do the research.  ^^;;;

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