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Thoughts On The First Day of Women’s History Month

Today is the first day of Women’s History Month.

It’s taken multiple generations and the hard work of countless women (and their male allies), but we have accomplished what our fore-mothers could only have dreamed of.

Granted, it goes without saying that the fight for equality is not over. Issues such as equal pay, sexual assault, and the right to make decisions over our own bodies are as much as in the forefront as they were decades ago.

My generation of feminists took the ball that our mothers and grandmothers started rolling and have run with it. We stand on their shoulders so that future generations will be able to finish this fight for good.

Happy first day of Women’s History Month!

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Thoughts On The Beginning Of Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month.

Nowadays, the fact that women have accomplishments and responsibilities outside of the traditional female sphere seems normal. But the reality is that it was not too long ago that women had no rights and had to fight for even the most basic of rights that men take for granted. The 19th Amendment was only ratified in 1920.

Don’t get me wrong, our accomplishments in only a few generations are nothing short of breathtaking. When our fore mothers were simply fighting for the right to vote and have a voice in their government, they might not have foreseen the snowball effect of wanting to vote. The educational and professional opportunities that were once closed to us are now ours for the taking. We can choose if and when we marry and have children.  Our lives are our own.

But even with all of that, there are still many battles to fight:

  • Equal pay for equal work.
  • Safety from sexual violence, at home, on the street and at work.
  • Easy access to safe and reliable birth control.

This war is not over and will not be over until women are seen and treated as equals to men. While that day has not come yet, it will come. We just have to keep working and fighting for it.

 

 

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The Ordinary Women- Thoughts On The First Day Of Women’s History Month

Today is the first day of Women’s History Month. I could write about women like Susan B. Anthony, Gloria Steinem or even Hillary Clinton.

I’d like to write about something different tonight.

I want to honor the ordinary women who paved the way. The Jane Doe on the street who is just going about her business, who in her own small way, paved the way for the rights and achievements of future generations of women. Specifically, I want to write about the women I come from, my mother and my grandmothers.

My grandmothers were first generation Americans, the daughters of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Coming of age during The Great Depression and World War II, they understood what sacrifice and hardship felt like. My paternal grandmother was a homemaker, my maternal grandmother stayed at home until her youngest child was of an appropriate age, then she went back to work. My grandmothers were intelligent, capable, loving, strong. Both of my grandmothers (and my grandfathers as well), are long since deceased, but the legacy they left will live on.

My mother is a baby boomer. Born in an era when gender lines were clear and not to be crossed, her generation demanded equality and would not stop until they had it. The revolution they started in the 1960’s and 1970’s, my generation is continuing. My mother proved that it was possible to have a husband, raise healthy and happy children, while sustaining a full time career.

I come from amazing stock. Without these women, I would not be the woman I am today. Every woman deserves the chance to succeed and every woman who is successful stands on the shoulders of the women, famous or ordinary, paved the way for her.

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Women’s History Month

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.

Happy Tuesday.

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