As the month of March comes to an end, I didn’t want to let it go without discussing Women’s History Month. If I can be honest with you, I really never thought much about Women’s History Month. Although I have always celebrated it in addition to Women’s International Day, I never really understood why we celebrate women when we are looking for equality. I have always thought that if you want to be equal to others, you shouldn’t set yourself apart. This is a very controversial view, I know, but all of this comes from a place of ignorance. Many of us go through life not thinking, living inside of our bubble.
I strongly believe in equal opportunities for both men and women. But why do we celebrate Women’s History Month? Do we still need to celebrate it? Aren’t we in a good place in history right now? We can vote anyways!
When I ask myself these questions, the answer is simple. Women’s History Month is not about the general aspects of womanhood, but rather about the battles women have hard-fought for equality and a place society. This month is really to celebrate the accomplishments women have made throughout history and celebrate all the women that have changed the world. The history of women is what lacks in our classrooms, libraries, and in our day-to-day conversations. When it comes to history, there is no egalitarianism—the story of women has been excluded and kept in silence for centuries. History is written by those in power. And although women have made countless historic actions throughout time, you wouldn’t know just by reading history books.
“Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life – science, community, government, literature, art, sports, medicine – has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women.” – Myra Pollack Sadker, National Women’s History Alliance
Women’s History Month is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the work of women; to discuss and confront the barriers that prevent full gender equality. It is important to celebrate women, to celebrate all of us. However, this month, the focus is on the history that acknowledges the achievements of both men and women. It is important to inspire future generations and close the gap between what men can do and what women are told they can do.