March is Women's History Month!
We have this month to help celebrate and remember all the women who have contributed to our history. You can read more about Women's History Month here.
As women, we have had to overcome quite a bit and we're still working on it. There's this expectation for women on what we have to wear, how we have to look, and what we're supposed to be doing with our lives. We're often overlooked and not taken seriously.
We've come a long way, but there are struggles that we go through in our everyday life. There are certain careers that people still believe aren't for women If we say we like sports, men will start questioning us about our favorite players. If we're wearing a tank top, we're called slutty, but it's perfectly fine for men to walk around shirtless. Half of the time, we aren't even taken seriously. If a female doctor and a male nurse walk into the room, the patient will most likely think that the man is the doctor.
A few years ago, as a university student, I was having a conversation with an acquaintance. He was telling me that he was hoping to meet his future wife at the school and that he wanted his future wife to stay home. He said he wanted to make enough to support the family. My first thought was, "Do you really think a woman who is spending thousands of dollars on an education is going to give up her dream to become a housewife?" Obviously, I didn't say anything, but it makes you wonder just how many men still have this mentality.
Not only that, but have you noticed how if a man is an active father, people will say, "oh you're so lucky that your husband babysits your child" or "it's great that you have the father helping you". Shouldn't that be the norm? Why is it called babysitting when he's the father? It's not called babysitting when the mother is with the baby, that's called parenting.
Have you heard of Rosalind Franklin? Probably not, unless you're in the science field. Rosalind was crucial in the discovery of double-helix DNA, but we only ever hear of Watson and Crick. Some of her work was even published and passed off to be Watson and Crick's. Although, her work is becoming more well known. (You can read more about her here). People preferred to hear from male scientists.
So fellow women, we are badass, we are beautiful, we are leaders, and we are worthy! We still have some work to do, but we also can't take for granted the progress we have made either. We have to keep on fighting!
As the beautiful Michelle Obama once said, "There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish"