Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, Mother Teresa, Dr. Mae Jemison, Malala Yousafzai, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Michelle Obama, Ada Lovelace, Hillary Clinton, Audrey Hepburn and Maya Angelou are only 11 of the many women who have changed the world. March is Women’s History Month. Like those incredibly powerful women, it is a big (OK — immense) deal, and there are endless reasons why you should care.
According to Time magazine, the first Women’s Day occurred on Feb. 28, 1909. March is a time to recognize and appreciate the countless contributions women have and continue to make in the world. It is women who fought for the right to vote, own property and to be equal with men societally. Unfortunately, despite all the bad-ass women in the world, according to American Association of University Women, women still today receive 21 percent less pay than men, regardless of their abilities. Many individuals may say, “Women have so many more rights than they used to,” and “They are seen as equal today,” but that regrettably is not the case. No matter their level of education, age or experience, women still face a pay gap in comparison to men’s wages.
It is unjust and ridiculous. Women have and continue to make scientific discoveries, lead politically, fight as activists, lead organizations, create inventions, and simply: Run. The. World. The feminist movement is a fight for equality. A cry for justice. It is a movement that says women matter and deserve to be seen as equals with men. Women have made huge and substantial strides, but it is time society recognizes the advances as a whole.
Actress Emma Watson is the U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador who created the “HeForShe” campaign, which is an incredibly influential campaign to end gender inequality and spread the truth about feminism. Watson and Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, Mother Teresa, Dr. Mae Jemison, Malala Yousafzai, Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, Michelle Obama, Ada Lovelace, Hillary Clinton, Audrey Hepburn and Maya Angelou, undeniably have impacted today’s world in so many aspects.
We, the Ranger staff, encourage you to join the fight for equality. Take this time to show the women in your life – whether it be a spouse, significant other, daughter, mother, aunt, grandmother, cousin or friend – that they are valuable.