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March 8, 2017
By Angela Choksi, Barrington
It’s women’s day, and what a fantastic day it is to be a woman! This day celebrates the essence of being a woman- whether you are a mother, daughter, grandmother, student, aunt, or friend. This day celebrates your uniqueness. Historically females have been subject to gender inequality, sexism and other forms of societal injustice, some of which continue on to this day. Women have always emerged triumphant against these biases, however, as happy as we should be with our victories, we must also take some time to reflect on and thank the great female heroes that worked relentlessly to afford the luxuries that come with being a woman today; Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and other suffragists that worked tirelessly for the 19th Amendment, Margaret Sanger and her advocacy for birth control during the 1920’s, and others that have always put female empowerment and equality before their own well-being.
We must be grateful to have such powerful and idealistic role models that paved the challenging road that leads to complete gender equality. There are still hurdles for women today to overcome, as women are still paid about 80 cents on every dollar men earn, and have still yet to break the glass ceiling of the USA’s greatest and most prestigious political office- the Presidency. Although women have achieved a lot, and have made a lot of progress, some women today still feel that they are the inferior sex. Historically considered the most moral and pure beings, some women, especially in Third World countries are still unfairly subject to the Cult of Domesticity. Society still subconsciously teaches women to be “behind” men as they aren’t good enough to lead, to be followed, or to be premiers.
What we must remember on this women’s day and the rest of those to come is that we must feel proud to be half of this world’s population. If we aren’t afforded the same opportunities as some men, it is not our fault, it is simply gender stereotypes and societal prejudices at play that we must tirelessly work to overcome, and not succumb to or become a victim of. We cannot, and must not settle for anything less than equal because our predecessors did not, and that is how we are able to live as freely and exercise most of the same freedoms as men today. On a brighter note, wish a fellow female “Happy Women’s Day,” along with a compliment in order to spread the joy of being a female, and to empower those around you to feel ecstatic and proud to be one too.
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