I’m a feminist. It says it in my title. I wholeheartedly believe everyone should be a feminist. I mean who doesn’t think we should have equal rights and opportunities?!
Frankly, I didn’t. It took me a while to get here and saying that literally breaks my heart.
I have a vivid memory of sitting at the table over a meal with my in laws. We were discussing women in politics. I do not remember the year, but I’m thinking it was early 90s . The subject of a woman as president came up and I remember saying out loud “I don’t think a woman should ever be president. We’re just too emotional.” Everyone at the table agreed. I believed what I said. I lived it.
I was raised to believe those words. My conservative Christian family believed that men were the “head of the household” and that women were put on earth to serve man. My father worked. My mother stayed home and took care of the house. In fact, my father repeatedly told the story of how my mother quit college when they got married because “no married women needs to go to school.” My mother is gone now, but I know, without a doubt, that not completing college was probably her greatest regret. She didn’t know though.
Maya Angelou said “When you know better, do better.” Let’s do better.
And THAT is why Women’s History month is important. That is why we have to keep talking about it and educating others. I did a post on my personal Facebook every day about Women’s History. It was met with all sorts of reactions, mostly positive though as I think I’ve weeded through the haters in recent years. I’m amazed at people that don’t realize the severity of pay disparity. I still have to convince people about the in equality and lack of women in the technology world. We still have so much work to do.
I started this blog for many reasons. I want to explore writing again. I also want a place where I can be authentically me. Feminist ideas and writing and education is a big part of that. I’m yet to flesh out how that will work, but I will get there.
Thanks for coming along for the ride.