March is Women’s History Month which honors the extraordinary achievements of women. There are so many outstanding women who have relentlessly fought against gender discrimination and shaped both our history and our future. For example, Susan B. Anthony was a crusader for the Woman’s Suffrage Movement; Rosa Parks is known as the “First Lady of Civil Rights”; and Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 yet went on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Also, I can’t forget to mention Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who spent a lifetime flourishing in the face of adversity before being appointed a Supreme Court justice. Justice Ginsburg has always been a champion for women’s rights and has never let anything deter her intensity.
This year Women’s History Month has even more importance to me. Something is changing. Starting with the Women’s March on Washington, one of the largest single-day demonstrations in recorded U.S. history, we are seeing women band together to combat sexual harassment and injustice like never before. Women and men are speaking out against abuses of power and privilege and condemning the objectification of women. We are finding our voices and it’s clear that we are not going to remain silent anymore. The need for women’s voices in government has also never been more clear. More women than ever before are currently running for office, including me.
So I wanted to make sure during this month I took the opportunity to say to all of the strong women and future strong women out there, stay passionate, stay engaged, and stay ambitious – that is how we stay unstoppable. Happy Women’s History Month.
“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” — Maya Angelou