I’m a Woman With Nothing to Prove
It astounds me the lack of privileges women had in the past. Over 100 years ago, the 19th amendment passed,“ The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Sadly, women still battle with discrimination to this day. For example, think about the wage gap between men and women. Men typically are paid more than women in work settings. It’s crazy that 100 years have passed since the 19th amendment; yet, there has never been a female president. It makes me wonder, do people think women are not able to lead a country? One of the hardest challenges of being a woman is having to continue to prove yourself.
Illustration by Kate Prior
I am thankful for the brave women that never stopped fighting for women’s suffrage. I think that as a society, we have made impressive strides with reaching equality. I can’t imagine not being able to exercise my right to vote or even doing a task as simple as opening my bank account. I think about all the things I wouldn’t be able to do that are now apart of my identity. For instance, I wouldn’t even be able to receive a college education. It’s opportunities we don’t think about every day, but I will never take them for granted. I’m proud of the strong and powerful woman I am today.
Ladies, let’s continue to stand together and support one another.
Remember that you don’t have to prove yourself to anyone.
Lastly, Happy (early) International Women’s Day!