Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen

Ah, the memories of all of our Independence Day celebrations of yore;  speeches, parades, red white and blue bunting, picnic menus, passed down from generation to generation. Those fireworks illuminating the darkness across our land are embedded in the minds of all Americans.  This is the day that unites us symbolically and historically.

July 4th, the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence from England in 1776, should be a day of national unity, a day to remember our history, a day to review the past, recent and remote, and a day to re-invent our national future.  This should be the day that each of us looks forward to with 19th and 20th century political passion in order to create a moment of hope and renewal in this 21st century time that each of us shares.

We have the opportunity to create a new period in American history based on reality, but rooted in the optimism that propelled those first colonists to imagine a country imbued with freedom for self determination.  The American character, in its most honorable and noble form, began with this day at a time of great hardship and uncertainty.  This American character exists within each of us, waiting for renewal and expression in this time of loss of national leadership both at home and across the world.  It will serve us well as we prepare to face an extended economic recession with its many ramifications, in an altered global climate both environmentally and politically.  For real change to occur we must acknowledge a reality; America as we know it now, has lost its  position of honor world wide due in no small part to the lack of personal investment that individual Americans have given up in the control of our national life.

So on this July 4th let us remember the courage that our forebears exhibited in that time of complete uncertainty, and let that memory move  every American to find the courage and determination, on this day of Independence, to become part of the national solution to the problems that we face globally, and at home.  In this Presidential election year we must force the presidential candidates to focus on the real problems and not the smoke and mirrors of political campaigning. We must read and listen, review positions past and present supported by these candidates, argue and think just as those first not yet Americans did.  Our country was built on the ideal that individual sacrifice would be necessary for equal rights for all.  If we are to remain a free and democratic nation, each of us must embrace some individual sacrifice and become active citizens in the life of our country.

Blessings and cheers to all of our readers, and to all of the participants in the Women’s Voices for Change community. Enjoy the weekend!

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