Women have a message worth hearing
USIMLAUMU SISIMIZI SUKARI HAIMALIZI
(Don't blame the ant, it won't finish all the sugar)
Proverbs are beliefs and truths that become sayings. The above is written in Swahili. It is one of my favorite proverbs of this culture. To me, in the feminist vernacular, this says that there is plenty to go around and as female society, our need to share the sweet knowledge and wisdom with other women is the path to empowerment. Also, this proverb tells me that one ant does not build the female futures, but many ants construct the mound of unity and leadership. If you have wisdom, please let us light our candle by it. Women have a message worth hearing.
Ghana is famous for its different print of blue-and-white cloth. Women all buy the same pattern of cloth to show off a new baby. They all wear the same cloth to the party to show support and friendship for the new mother.
We should support our sisters. It is for us to produce, by weaving tapestries of feminine qualities.
Tapping into our universal female qualities is a life goal, and we must know what part of the tapestry we can best weave our proverbs on.
The joy of women's prosperity is only possible when we travel on the path of self-expression. We have only begun to tap the potential of female energy.
Copyright 2005 Sage Sweetwater, firebrand lesbian novelist