Go Hillary!

HRCLast week I talked about my love of word puzzles and the value they’ve had in my recovery from chemo brain. Last week’s puzzle was a simple word search. This week I’m kicking it up a notch by introducing cryptograms dedicated to Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton. I’ve loved Hillary since high school. She’s the reason I’m a feminist. Hillary told the UN Human Rights Council that “women’s rights are human rights.” There’s no arguing with that. These cryptograms are a tribute for the woman I hope to see in the Oval Office next January.

For readers who aren’t familiar with cryptograms, these puzzles use code. Cryptography has been around for thousands of years. Hieroglyphs were used by the ancient Egyptians to provide graphic information for people who were illiterate. Ancient Greeks used ciphers as a way to keep information secret. Fast forward to the 21st Century. Cryptograms are a form of entertainment and mental exercise.

To decode a cryptogram, start by looking for coded single-letter words, such as “I” and “a.” Then look for groups of common three-letter words, such as “the” or “and.” Look for repetition within the puzzle. Once you identify common words, the message will be revealed. (If you need more tips on deciphering a cryptogram, check out Cryptograms.org.)

Click here to download the Hillary Cryptograms puzzle. Check back next week for the answers.

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I’m Ready for Hillary

hillary-clinton-2016I launched this blog last week and announced my intention of spotlighting women’s work. Neither word has a stable definition. I have spent my entire life trying to figure out what my definition of “woman” means. I look to women I know on a personal level, as well as well-known public figures and I realize that gender is a performance and we all interpret our gender roles differently. Some of the strongest women I know are stay-at-home mothers. I admire them just as much as I admire women who work in predominantly “masculine” fields. Take politics for instance.

When I was in elementary school, I used to tell people that I was going either going to be a quarterback for the 49’ers or president of the United States when I grew up. I saw female astronauts on TV. Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Mary (my namesake) was the Mother of Jesus . . . It never even dawned on me that women couldn’t aspire to be anything they wanted to be.

I endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. I want to tie my endorsement of Hillary to the discussion of “women’s work.” In Spring of 2007, I heard Gloria Steinem give a speech about why feminism is still relevant. An audience member asked Ms. Steinem if she supported Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Steinem didn’t even hesitate with her response. She asked the audience members to think about the shoes of the women who supported Hillary Clinton. “These are working women’s shoes. Women who work as nurses, teachers, waitresses, customer service providers . . .” Steinem said that Hillary Clinton was interested in women having financial independence so that they could take care of themselves and their families. I agreed with Gloria Steinem’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton, and I still do. [Read more…]

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