Sometimes in these modern times, we seem to forget just how far we have come. When we go to the office and we see a mixture of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, we don’t put much thought into what it took to make that happen.
March is Women’s History Month and it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the role women have had on the world we live in. For all of us, we know it is significant. But a century ago, women weren’t given the credit they receive now and we should definitely appreciate the progress we have made since those times.
It should mean something that it has been nearly 100 years since women were first granted the legal right to vote. Nearly a century later, we finally had a woman win the nomination from one of the nation’s top two political parties in running for President of the United States. That progress took a long time to get here. But, still, it is progress and we should continue moving forward with that.
On the downside, it is still clear that women aren’t getting the full respect of males even in today’s world. Data shows that women are still making less money than men, and males continue to get the top jobs.
Meanwhile, women are taking the initiative to step up and start their own companies so they can have the same opportunities as their male counterparts. They are having success without having to be told they aren’t capable of generating the same results as men. The truth is, anything a man can accomplish, a woman can do equally as well. And women are stepping up and proving it each and every day.
Everyone has a woman or women in their lives who they know are worthy of the recognition that they are partially or wholly responsible for the success of all of us. Whether it is a mom or a sister or a wife or just a friend, we all know a woman who has made a significant impact on our livelihoods.
We have had some great women in history, such as Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Susan B. Anthony, Marie Currie, Helen Keller, Mother Theresa, Rosa Parks and Indira Gandhi. Many women of our time are making sure women get equal respect for what they do.
March may be the month we set aside to recognize the efforts of the amazing women who have been a part of our lives through the years, but we need to continue building toward true equality. Only then can we say that we are truly recognizing women for the greatness they bring to the world we live in.