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Women need to appreciate Women’s History Month

By Jilly Hall, Assistant Chief Photographer

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Thank goodness March is Women’s History Month, because it’s about time the women and men of today took time to appreciate the female leaders of the past.

Boys, put down your Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions and pick up a biography on Rosa Parks or Amelia Earhart. These women – as well as women such as Molly Brown, Clara Barton, Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Beecher Stowe – stood up for what they believed in and changed the way society viewed women, slavery, aviation and wartime nursing.

In the late 20th century, a new era of women – women like Sandra Day O’Connor and Madonna – gave the world an even newer way of thinking about women and their place in society.

This is what makes Women’s History Month so important: Society has changed because of the changes some of these women made. But, unfortunately, these women and their accomplishments are sometimes overlooked.

These women contributed so much to society with the intention of making the world a better place. Clara Barton, a Civil War nurse and activist, started the Red Cross to help wounded soldiers in combat. Susan B. Anthony fought for women’s right to vote, something that is often taken for granted among women in the United States today.

Women should stop complaining about having to go out to vote and the extra time that it takes, and instead make the choice to state their opinions and utilize the rights their predecessors worked so hard to achieve.

This is why Women’s History Month is important. We need to take time to remember the women of the past, who fought hard for our rights. Women of today need to thank those who went before them for their contributions.

Women today are much more confident and motivated because of the way these women changed society. Society now views girls as more important. The next time you complain about not being noticed, imagine going back to the prairie days, when children and wives were to be seen and not heard. Girls of today don’t know how good they’ve got it.

I also don’t understand why some of today’s women think their lives are so hard. The other day, I overheard a mother talking to her friends about how horrible it is having to work like everyone else. If you’ll recall, women had to earn the right to work in the jobs we have today. World War II led to a dramatic increase in the number of women in the workforce.

Be glad that you can have any job you want because of the women of the past who worked hard in America’s factories. Be glad that your opportunities aren’t limited to the “traditional” female roles of nurse, teacher or secretary. You can be anything you want, whether it’s in a profession or trade. Think Rosie the Riveter.

This March, stop fretting about your duties as a woman and be glad you can appreciate life to the fullest due to these influential women. Happy Women’s History Month!

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2 Responses to “Women need to appreciate Women’s History Month”

  1. Stephanie Hall on February 25th, 2011 5:29 pm

    Great article, Jilly!

    The sky is the limit for girls today!

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  2. Gary Zaetz on March 27th, 2011 4:38 pm

    Among the 74000 Americans still missing from World War II are 21 American servicewomen, listed below. It is to America’s shame that the remains of these courageous women and of all the other American MIAs of World War II are still unrecovered after so many years, largely due to the grossly insufficient funds our Government allocates to our military’s remains recovery program. In honor of Women’s History Month (2011), please demand from our Congressional representatives that our Government start adequately funding this program.

    WASP Gertrude V. Tompkins-Silver of Jersey City, New Jersey

    Army Nurse Corps 2nd Lt. Eloise M. Richardson of Marseilles, Illinois

    Army Nurse Corpsr 2nd Lt. Thelma M. LaFave of Elmwood, Michigan

    WAC PFC Rose Brohinsky of San Francisco, California

    WAC Sgt. Doris Cooper of Champaign, Illinois

    WAC PFC Flossie D. Flannery of Springport, Indiana

    WAC PFC Frieda C. Friend of New York, New York

    WAC PFC Mary M. Gollinger of Tacoma, Washington

    WAC CPL Velma E. Holden of Asheville, North Carolina

    WAC PFC Odessa Lou Hollingsworth of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    WAC PFC Alice D. King of Oswego, Oregon

    WAC PFC Wilma E. Liles of Dallas, Texas

    WAC PFC Evelyn L. McBride of Inglewood, California

    WAC PFC Alice Pauline McKinney of Big Bay, Michigan

    WAC PFC Rose F. Puchalla of Minneapolis, Minnesota

    WAC PFC Mildred E. Rice of Kansas City, Kansas

    WAC PFC Pearl Roomsburg of Lomita, California

    WAC PFC Helen F. Rozzelle of Washington, D.C.

    WAC PFC Leona M. Seyfert of Chicago, Illinois

    WAC PFC Ruth E. Warlick of Goldthwaite, Texas

    WAC PFC Bonnie L. Williams of Glenda Springs, Kansas

    For more information on our government’s MIA remains recovery program see http://www.projecthomecoming.org

    Gary Zaetz
    Cary, North Carolina

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