Today, March 1 is the start of Women’s History Month.
When I look back at what women have accomplished in only a few generations, I feel nothing but pride. The world is our oyster. We have opportunities that our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers could only dream of.
Today we think nothing of a woman earning an advanced degree or climbing up the corporate ladder. Many of us are not married or may choose to not have children. We are not required to rely on our husbands or fathers for an income.
The truth is that, yes, we have come very far, but we still have a long way to go. Some states in this country require women seeking an abortion to jump through hoops. In many parts of the world, women are still second class citizens, considered to be chattel to the men in their life. Rape is sadly an everyday fact of life. Many women are still earning a lower salary than their male colleagues, even if their responsibilities are the same and the women are more qualified and better educated.
A woman’s body is still considered to be a piece of meat, a man’s sexual plaything, exemplified by the Erin Andrews case.
Despite all of that, we have much to be proud of. We have built a foundation and broken the glass ceiling. It’s time to crack that glass ceiling for good.