An Admirable Woman

Today is the last day for Diane Rehm to be on her show. She’s the host of the long-running and always interesting radio show bearing her name. If I had to name women I admire and respect, she would be on the list. Thanks, Diane, for all the great discussion and information and thought-provoking topics.

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

3 thoughts on “An Admirable Woman”

  1. Kudos to Diane Rehm for her life’s work on the radio. I will miss her terribly. I see many admirable women. They can be the woman who wasn’t elected President of the United States for the second time; yet handled her loss to a person lacking intelligence and civility with dignity. I see admirable women in the work force. They earn less than their male counterparts. They still have to tolerate male boss’ behavior which is frequently out of line. Many times they report to someone not as intelligent and knowledgeable. They do this professionally and without rancor. I see admirable women who still tolerate being commented to and about walking in public as if they are sexual objects. I see admirable women who, as single parents, manage to juggle it all and devote themselves to the care and education of their children. I saw many admirable women “mansplained.” They had to be patient and listen all the while knowing they were being spoken down to. I am privileged to know many admirable women.

  2. She was short , diminutive . And she took upon herself to empty the ladies coach of the Metro of its male occupants . She fixed all interlopers with a basilisk glare , and told them in steely tones , that they would be fined . Delhi has recently woken up (that too, in a patchy manner), to its gender rights. Some guys murmured that there were no women around to occupy the empty seats . She continued to stare at them , as the metro whooshed to its next stop .
    More women boarded , and the men quietly slunk off. The lady , satisfied, got up, smoothened her kurta, and got off at the next stop. I have a strong suspicion , she had boarded the train with only this mission in mind. Of a law enforcer, the conscience keeper of a rotten society.
    It was a heartening sight , in a land parched due to lack of compassion against women .
    She was an admirable woman , a first in a long line of admirable women , I was yet to meet.

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