Today is International Women’s Day.
When I think about how far we have come from where were only two generations ago is amazing.
My grandmother’s generation, like their mothers and grandmothers before them, were solely expected to marry and raise a family. If they were educated, their education was minimal and unimportant compared to their brothers. A career was out of the question.
Thankfully, things have changed. But that change did not come easily. My generation has a lot to be grateful for. Our mother’s and grandmothers have paved the way for us. Without their tireless work, we would be stuck in the same life cycle as our ancestors.
But we have a long way to go. There are still goals that have yet to be reached.
- Equal pay for equal work
- Stories of women being raped, both here at home and abroad continue to dominate the news.
- Teaching our daughters respect for themselves, teaching our sons to respect the women in their lives
- Ensuring that all women are guaranteed educational and career opportunities
- Providing women, with and without children, a reasonable living wage to care for themselves and their loved ones
The list goes on and on. Our foremothers started on this path generations ago, it’s up to us to continue on this path.
I’m going to end this post with a quote from one of my favorite writers and a true hero in every sense of the word.
“If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: they do not read them in a true light: they misapprehend them, both for good and evil: their good woman is a queer thing, half doll, half angel; their bad woman almost always a fiend.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Shirley