Yep, it’s women’s history month. That crazy slang saying, “women, can’t live with them … can’t live without them.” She will persist, a woman knows how to not take “no” for an answer when there’s something that needs to be done. A friend gave me a note pad that says: “let’s assume I’m right, it will save time.” A little tongue-in-cheek for sure but sometimes women are treated as if we think we’re right all of time. If it works, good. I’m fine with being right all of the time but I do know that isn’t the case. I can’t say for sure that I am right all of the time but Sir Charles Barkley wrote a book that is a grandiose idea on this subject: “I may be wrong but I doubt it.”
Well, one thing we know for sure is that none of us would be here without a woman. I love myself and my mother so clearly I have a love for and an appreciation for women. Any of the male gender who wants to stay alive will do well to follow my lead on this. So this month, tread lightly and appreciate greatly when it comes to the women in your life. There are times when a woman’s persistence pays off. Never underestimate the power of a grandmother or mother sticking up for a daughter or son and being there for them when all others have given up. Nevertheless, she will persist and have faith that this person will make it.
So, the month of March is Women’s History month.
Tracing back to as early as 1909, celebrating National Women’s Day has been an institution. In 1910, the first International Women’s Day was observed on March 8th and has been recognized on that day ever since, gradually being recognized by one country after another. In 1975, it had become so widespread that the United Nations formally adopted March 8th as International Women’s Day. In the US, the month of March finally became a Women’s History Month in 1987.
Although there are many accomplishments that we could rattle off by women throughout the world and in the US, the list is missing a lot that still has to be done. And within many states and at the federal level, discrimination and rollbacks of rights & privileges for women occurred in 2017 and recent years at alarming paces. Whether someone believes in the same religion or not, we should always believe in respect for a woman to understand her body’s health and decide how to manage what happens with her body. Whether someone believes in whether a woman should be working or not, we should all believe in a woman not being harassed in the workplace. Some things should be easy to agree on. Discrimination isn’t good for any of us. So bravo for the 2018 theme for Women’s History Month.
There are still more women than men struggling with workplace gender discrimination, pay discrimination, hiring discrimination and misogynist behaviors. The US Senate race in Alabama was not an outlier. Women are often not believed, by men and sometimes even by other women. I heard a man in Alabama say that it should have been considered an honor for a District Attorney like Roy Moore to be interested in a family’s teenage daughter. I heard women say that they were bothered by the credible accusers having waited 30 years to tell their stories. Yuck. We’ve got to move past those sad commentaries. Women and young girls deserve better.
It is quite informative that countries other than the United States of the America have already elected a woman leader. Some of them would be considered less “advanced” than the US but yet they have elected a woman leader. The US is much more male-dominated and misogynistic than we want to admit. The 2016 Presidential election wasn’t just about Hillary’s emails or lack of enthusiasm or black-lash from Obama or a flawed candidate. It was a lot about a country not yet ready for a woman to be its President. That it took until 2016 before a woman was even the nominee for one of the two major political parties is instructive. How much longer will it be before we elect a woman President? I don’t know. I do know it wasn’t just Hillary’s emails, especially when we look at who was inaugurated on January 20, 2017.
This year for the International Women’s Day, I choose to persist. I will persist in helping other women achieving as much as they dream. I will persist in believing that we are capable of being the CEO, the Chairperson, the leader, the shot-caller, the director and yes the President. I will persist in sharing the tools so that every woman has a better than fair chance to tell her story. I will persist in engaging other women in the political process so decisions are made that reflect parity and reality. I will persist during Women’s History Month and every day of the rest of the year because women are changing the world every day.