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Historic U.S. Route 66 has been experiencing a renaissance over the last several years. With the lower cost of travel to the US, more and more Europeans are discovering this two lane highway and the traces it exhibits of a bygone American era. And it's not just visitors from Europe that are cruising down the iconic highway - there are large numbers of Americans who are travelling the highway in search of the feeling of an America that was far less harried and fearful. The highway has also been called the Will Rogers Highway as well as the Mother Road. One of the first interstate U.S. Highways, Route 66 was opened on November 11th, 1926 with road signage erected in the following year. Originally, the highway started in Chicago, running through the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, before ending in Los Angeles, California after it covered a total of 2,448 miles or 3,940 kilometers. It gained fame from the Route 66 television show in the 1960s which chronicled the travels of two young guys travelling Route 66 in a convertible Corvette. Further attention came when the highway was immortalized in the popular song of the same name written by Bobby Troup back in 1946. The rhythm and blues song was first recorded in that same year by Nat King Cole, and later recorded by several other artists including Chuck Berry in 1961, The Rolling Stones in 1964, Depeche Mode in 1987, Pappo's Blues in 1995, John Mayer in 2006 and Glenn Frey in 2012.

"Songwriter Troup conceived the idea for the song whilst driving west from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, California, and the lyrics, which include references to the U.S. Highway of the title and many of the cities it passes through, celebrate the romance and freedom of automobile travel. In an interview he once said the tune for the song, as well as the lyrics 'Get your kicks on Route 66', came to him easily, but the remainder of the lyrics eluded him. More in frustration than anything else he simply filled up the song with the names of towns and cities on the highway."

"The lyrics read as a mini-travelogue about the major stops along the route, listing several cities and towns that Route 66 passes through, such as St Louis; Joplin, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Amarillo, Texas; Gallup, New Mexico; Flagstaff, Arizona; Winona, Arizona; Kingman, Arizona; Barstow, California; and San Bernardino, California. Winona is the only town out of sequence: it was a very small settlement east of Flagstaff, and might indeed have been forgotten if not for the lyric "Don't forget Winona," written to rhyme with "Flagstaff, Arizona." - from Wikipedia

In the United Kingdom Essex-born English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg also recorded an anglicised version of the song called A13 Trunk Road to the Sea for a John Peel session. In his song it is strummed and sung to the same melody as the original, but the city names are replaced with English ones that lie along the route of the A13 Motorway. Bragg invites those listening to the song to Go motoring, on the A-thirteen.

Route 66 served as a major road for those heading west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and it supported much of the economies of the towns through which it passed. Businesses along the route became prosperous due to the growing use and popularity of the highway, and it was these same people who later fought to keep the highway in use in the face of the threat to it posed by the opening of the new interstate highway system. But, unfortunately it was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27th, 1985 after being replaced by the new system of interstate highways.

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As a global women's advocacy organization, WEDO envisions a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment. WEDO's mission is to ensure that women's rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles, as well as the linkages between them are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices.


Started in 1915, when 1,200 women from a diversity of cultures and languages came together in The Hague during the First World War, to study, make known and eliminate the causes of war. They issued resolutions, sent out delegations to most countries engaged in the First World War and created our organisation: the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. WILPF for short.


W4 - Women's WorldWide Web is an online collaborative platform dedicated to empowering girls and women around the world, through education, microfinance, access to ICTs and networking. Connect with us and co-create opportunities for girls and women to thrive.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.


Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.


The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers. The Council currently has 49 Members. The Council's mission is to promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries.


The Women's Refugee Commission is having positive impact on the lives of displaced women, children and youth around the world. Their programs focus on reproductive health, economic livelihoods, displaced youth, asylum seekers and people with disabilities.


The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is an international, non-profit organization of women graduates. We were founded in 1919 by women who believed in the importance of education and working together for peace, international understanding and friendship.


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