What are you doing to celebrate or acknowledge women's achievements during Women's History month?
I am celebrating Women's History month by reading Danette Watt's hubs about the subject and discovering new things I did not know before. I then share this information with my friends and family via Facebook.
I love learning new things and part of that learning is to read other people's work in the hubpages community. It has brought a connection to people from all parts of the world.
Women have been treated with disrespect throughout history, (see comment by Doc Woringer), although, ironically we are the ones who bring life into the world, including to those boy babies.
If you were to read some of the hubs here from women in other parts of the country you will discover that women are still being disrespected and even mutilated physically, just because they happen to be female.
It is not only an important part of our history, as human beings, that we acknowledge the accomplishments that have changed our history and made a difference in our world, but also that we become aware, socially conscious and compassionate people with each other.
I would emphasize that this would include respecting the questions and hubs of fellow hubbers in the hub community. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, there is a tone of scolding that I have picked up from dksuttle's comment. This is too bad, because I happen to know that Danette Watt not only celebrates herself as a woman, she supports this celebration in the women she knows, as well as those who have made a better life for women such as dksuttle.
That's my opinion...now, excuse me while I continue to celebrate WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH by going to work...something that was easy for women to do decades ago when they were expected to stay home and take care of cooking men's dinners.
I'll celebrate by continuing to be independent, continuing to drink my wine daily, and simply being happy to be a woman.
I'm glad you asked this question, as it will hopefully stimulate some great thinking. My daughter ( age 30) is a social science major, a lobbyist, and first and foremost an advocate for women. Her minor was in gender studies. She has taught me more about the history of women's struggles and achievements than I would ever have known. It's amazing how much most of us do not know about women's sufferage. I suggest ( for anyone who hasn't seen it already) the movie "Iron jawed angels". Hilary Swank plays the role of Alice Paul. It is an amazing movie, and enjoyed by both genders in my experience.
In addition to acheievements in history, I hope everyone takes the time to ask questions about other cultures and how women are treated, because in many countries, religions and cultures, they are actually possessions. That is not a figure of speech, but a fact. In the sex trade industry many women today are being auctioned off by wealthy people who have them on the block for auction ( also a fact). Thanks for asking. In my humble opinion victory starts with awareness. American women; Cherish your right to be counted in this country. It came at high price.
I am recognizing the marvelous diversity of women both those who choose competitive careers and those who prefer traditional roles including staying at home with their children. It is wonderful that we can pursue whatever interests us and be taken as serious contenders. The one thing that shocked me a few years back was the discovery that my choice to put aside my briefcase awhile and take up full time motherhood was looked upon with disdain by feminists. I have no respect for that shortsighted judgement.
Wow, there are some great comments about the importance of recognizing the value of women in the world. I celebrated this day by working and then coming home to spend time with my family. I value the hard work that women in the past have put in to allow for me to have the choice to work outside the home. It is unfortunate that some people in society still do not value the job that a stay at home mom does. They are the ones who shape the future of our world.
I do not believe that learning about the accomplishments of women in history is a heroine worship. What we do not learn from history creates ignorance in both ourselves and society. I wonder if dksuttle thinks that celebrating the freedom of slaves is a waste of time for people in the United States, especially African Americans? The historical fight for equal is important to recognize, remember and celebrate no matter what the gender, race, or religion of the group.
As a woman, sister of a sister, daughter of a mother, and mother of a daughter I celebrate all the women in my life each day. I encourage my daughter to be an independent woman and encourage her to be all that she can be. I honor both myself as a woman and the amazing accomplishments in my life along with thanking those women and men in history who fought for those rights that ALL women today benefit from and MANY take for granted.
As a teacher, I will continue to expose my students to the great accomplishments of both women in the past and those currently creating history, just as I did for Black History month. Reading about great PEOPLE promotes awareness. Awareness is the first step to breaking down stereotypes of all kinds. Thanks for allowing me to share my thoughts. Great thought provoking question Danette.
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I didn't find the humour in this, but there were ripples of it when I suggested this. Seriously, why should this be limited to one month, it should be in history along with everything else, no?
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