Women “March” Toward Equality

March is Women’s History Month–a time to acknowledge the strides made in the quest for equality.

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Amanya Gonzales, Editor-in-Chief

There seems to be a month for everything–from National Native American Heritage Month to Pride. What’s important to remember is that one is not more important than the other. They are all months that, for the most part, have the same goal: to spread awareness. The month of March happens to be Women’s History. Women have come a long way, specifically in America, and this month is made to highlight just some of their accomplishments. Although equality for all still has not been achieved everywhere, great steps have been taken.

Women have overcome many of the obstacles in their path, from equal pay to who they choose to love. Both young and old women have banded together to fight for the right to be treated as equals. Over the years, they have been instrumental in bringing about significant changes, such as the right to vote for women, the discovery of how to treat illnesses with radiation, and even creating the symbol of the Civil Rights Movement–all of which were achieved by women.

While some may believe that only a small segment of the female population encounter discriminatory situations, statistics indicate otherwise. Even the average woman faces enormous obstacles. According to the Pew Research Center, “About four-in-ten working women (42%) in the United States say they have faced discrimination on the job because of their gender.”  This means that solely based on their gender, women typically have a harder time finding a job than the average man. 

However, despite the gap in wages, harassment, and oppression, women continue to persevere and create change.  For Cadence Snider, a junior at Elkhart-East, her grandmother is her role model. “She has been my role model from a very young age. She’s taught me to always stand my ground and not be afraid to speak up if something isn’t right,” Snider asserts. “She’s worked hard for everything she has, and I strive to be as great of a woman as she is.” In everyone’s life, there is bound to be at least one woman who surpasses all the obstacles that are in her way. They are everywhere waiting to be acknowledged and accepted for the individuals that they are. 

March is a time of change and reflection. Women are still battling against oppression and fighting for equality. So, until they reach equality, this month must be used to educate and appreciate all women for their strength.