For many of us in the United States, the old school Mad Men office was already dead and only something our mom’s talked about. Then the #metoo movement exploded and put the harassers on notice. I had to take a step back and it made me think…huh, I guess we haven’t made as much progress as I thought.
And we can’t forget women outside the US, especially in the Middle East, who are fighting just to get the right to drive a car or risking their lives because they want want to go to school
We’ve made enormous progress but we have so much farther to go.
To me, Women’s History month is about celebrating the resilience and accomplishments of the women who came before us; Their accomplishments took place in a system that oppressed them based solely on gender and/or race.
Without the tenacity of women like Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony and so many others, I would not enjoy many of the freedoms that I consider normal.
Rosa Parks wasn’t trying to become a CEO or a Supreme Court Justice- she just wanted to sit down at the end of a long day without giving her seat up and Susan B. Anthony wanted the right to vote in elections!
Parks and so many others took that first, terrifying step of speaking up.
When I read about the world they lived in, I’m in awe of their accomplishments.
That is why we celebrate women’s history month.
To remember the people who came before us.
To preserve history and never forget it.
Please join me over the next month as I highlight women in history that I admire. Some of the names you will be familiar with and others not so much. If you have a suggestion, leave it in the comments.