Women’s History Month

Lily Eckroth

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During the month of March, women throughout the world are celebrated for their contributions and history made in society since women’s rights were first established. The equality women now have around the world strengthens their abilities and voices to inspire ways of the future. The recognized accomplishments and things women are proven to be capable of will hopefully advance into the next generations. Before the 19th amendment was passed in 1920 in America, granting the right for women to vote, women were very limited in what rights and freedoms they had in the US as well as other parts of the world. They were seen as less important and less capable than men. Their expected livelihood consisted of practicing household duties and taking care of the children of the family. The men in each household made most of the day to day decisions and worked for the majority of the money. Women were beginning to notice how unfair their lives became, so with continued protests and movements they were finally able to vote in the democracy in 1920. From that point forward, females were given several more freedoms and seen as more of an equal to males in America and other countries in the world.

 

In Pakistan, one individual in particular, Malala Yousafzai has worked to advocate for access to education for women within her home country. In the Swat Valley of Pakistan between 1997 and 2013, Malala witnessed The Taliban, which is a primarily male terrorist group, use violence and force to keep women from receiving an education. These members believed that women didn’t deserve to have any rights or the same privileges as males have in the country. Malala had faith in what she believed in and used her voice to share her own thoughts and opinions on the rights women needed to receive. This nearly cost her, her life after being shot in the head by a member of the Taliban who knew how brave and passionate she was about giving women freedoms they should’ve had. Malala was in critical condition for several months, but after her recovery, she was recognized around the world and in her own country as an activist for education. She was invited to speak at the United Nations conferences and share her ideas for how to allow for education for women in Pakistan. Malala’s overall strength and determination led her to finally being able to bring education into Pakistan for all ages of women.

 

Despite how much society has advanced in the world today, regarding the freedoms and abilities that women are now capable of, there is still continued discrimination in the lives of many females. Around the world, people are continuing to advocate and voice their opinions dealing with the social acceptance of women’s rights. Nike which is of the largest and most popular companies in the world recently created a commercial for their products which highlighted the way people think negatively of female athletes and their capabilities. It continually used the word “crazy” to describe experiences women in all different sports go through to achieve greatness. Their message and overall presentation of this gender discrimination in the world helps to empower women and their successes. The month of March is dedicated to specifically celebrating and continuing to make women’s rights a priority throughout the world.

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