Hear me out before you think I’ve gone off the deep end.
March 8th was International Women’s Day and it kinda irked me that in the 21st century, we are still celebrating this day. Why do we have one day dedicated to the past works of women, and not a day to celebrate the achievements of men? Why are the works of these women so important that we need a specific day to remember them?
Because, why set aside one day for a man, when we are reminded every day, that we live in a male dominated world.
Here are some facts:
Out of the 535 members of the 113th Congress (2013-2015) there are only 20 women in the 100 member Senate, and only 73 women out of the 435 member House of Representative. As of 2013, there were 161 million women and 156.1 million men living in America and you’re telling me we only get 20 and 15 percent of our voice heard by our political leaders? Women make up almost half the workforce in the US and we still only make 77 cents to a man’s dollar. Women have a higher graduation rate than men (3 to 2), and yet, women only make up 16.6% of the Fortune 500, while only 14.3 % of those women are executive officers.
So why can’t I wait until International Women’s Day doesn’t exist?
Because, when that day comes, we won’t have to have one day out of the 365 days a year to celebrate women’s achievements because I will look at a newsstand and see women being celebrated in the headlines worldwide.
When that day comes, we will thank those trailblazers, who weren’t afraid to be courageous and we will be examples for future generations and hopefully show them that by checking the “female” box indicating their gender on a job application, they will still have an equal shot at becoming a “doctor, lawyer, or indian chief.” But for now, let us keep working until that day when a woman can be a hold a position of power, and not have to worry about being a know-it-all or a bitch because she has the same experience and drive, as a man.