When I came up with the concept of doing a the World Changing Women I did it for selfish reasons. I wrote a sprawling love letter to a musician that was tailor made for her because it encompassed song titles and lyrics written and or performed by her. I was in fact, showing off. Like it to Whitney Houston doing an unnecessary run because she could, and no one else could do it quite that way, and most certainly not better. Any man can write you a love letter, even if he’s not in love with you. If he’s ever been in love, he can simply put those thoughts to paper and present it and you’ll love it and never know it wasn’t meant for you. So as all of our female readers are pursing their lips up and about to roll your eyes… Your man gives you a card on your birthday and or Valentine’s day and you love it, and those aren’t written by him.
It takes a special woman to evoke such thoughts and feelings in a man, and as the old adage goes, “Behind every great man, stands a strong woman.” Ladies, please note the verbiage; stands, not squats, nor lies, nor crawls, nor kneels, but she stands. It’s a small verb but very important one especially given our trials of these times. I am a writer, but I am also a teacher and since our readers are young you need to be taught things they no longer teach you in school. Women who stood in the shadows of their husbands, and their husbands casted the biggest shadows the world has ever seen…
For me, the ultimate wife is Kasturba Gandhi. This is a woman who married at 13yrs of age, and quietly and unassumingly stood behind the most famous pacifist since Christ walked the earth. Born 11, April 1869 little is known about her upbringing. Those days a woman’s job was to stay home and raise the children. I am sure that she fully expected that to be her life. Mahatma Gandhi was Indian, educated at the best schools and eventually became a successful lawyer. Gandhi’s work would take him to apartheid S. Africa and Kasturba would soon follow.
While in S. Africa Gandhi sought equal treatment for Indians and blacks in S. Africa actions that would see him imprisoned. Kasturba often spoke in place of Mahatma while he was imprisoned. Once Gandhi achieved success in S. Africa, he returned home to India, via third class! Can you imagine giving up your cushy lifestyle that included servants and chamber maids for a life of poverty? Not because you lost your ability to work but because that was the path that your partner chose? Unprecedented sacrifice and valor, and the perfect example for one Coretta Scott King. Gandhi is considered the father of India (and Pakistan) and therefore Kasturba is the mother. She was a tiny figure like that of her husband, but you cannot measure the spirit of a person.
Martin Luther King Jr. followed the teachings of Gandhi in the aspect of civil disobedience and non violence. I am certain that when Coretta decided to marry King, she had no idea that she would be seen as the mother of civil rights in the United States. The struggle, the lifestyle and sacrifices these women made are beyond what anyone could’ve accepted. Coretta Scott, also born in April, married a man who at the time of their nuptials believed they were headed to a happy and relatively quiet life. Coretta could not know that she was going to married to a man that changed the world.
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TK’s Bio: Terrence Kyrell Hodge I was born 9/13/79, in what was then W. Berlin Germany, to Qualise and Lieutenant Tyrone Hodge of the United States Marine Corps. He lived in London England and graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2000 with BA in English and Political Science. Terrence writes about any and everything. Terrence is planning a series of novels that are works of “faction” part factual (nonfiction) and partly fictional. He plans to bring a dual vision of American and European observation and opinions to PMA. He will bring blunt honesty with a sense of comedy. He says “I will write wherever I’m needed as I am NOT a one trick pony.”