By Amari D. Pollard
In honor of Women’s History Month I dedicate this article to all my fellow women out there.
Everyone always likes to talk about how much progress we as a country have made over the past few decades—“there’s no need to be bitter when there is so much distance between where we were then and where we are today.”
And not to disregard the growth that has been made as a society, but it’s important to remember that it’s not enough to just grant those who have been oppressed and marginalized the rights they were inherently born with and call it a day. We must continue to educate ourselves on the issues that are still very much present within our culture and we must be willing to appropriately adjust our attitudes.
That includes the way in which we view women and their roles in society.
For some strange reason, many still have the opinion that women are incapable of doing the same thing as men and at the same capacity. You can’t be assertive in a position of power and just be considered tough, no, that makes you a pushy bitch. You can’t “play the field” (like every other man out there juggling multiple women at a time) and be considered a lady, no, that makes you a slut. And you can’t “properly” fulfill your role as wife, mother, and be in the workforce because you can’t do it all and do it well (and I wonder who asked us to do it all in the first place—just mull over that for a second).
Yes, society is made up of many contradictions, and within those paradoxes women are meant to feel different—because based off what society has taught us, you cannot be a woman and be valued to the same extent as a man. I think the fact that we are still fighting for equal pay would fully support that statement. And that is one of the many reasons why feminism will not and cannot die. As long as discrimination continues to be practiced daily, there will always be a discussion to be had.
Now, to all you women out there who sometimes forget how awesome you are, I just want to let you know that you and your work and your contributions are worth so much more than what has been and is still represented within the confines of our society.
I mean, it’s pretty freaking awesome to be a woman if you ask me. We’re more likely to graduate from college; we run major corporations, and we do it while raising families; one of us very well might even be the next President of the United States. So, look at yourself, and then look at the long list of successful women that have preceded you and understand that you are so valuable.
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