Cariloop Celebrates Women Trailblazers For National Woman’s History Month
“Well behaved women rarely make history.” ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
In honor of National Women’s History Month, we wanted to take the time to recognize the women who have been positive influences across the world, women who have stood out in our society as leading ladies of change.
Over the history of time, there have been huge strides in gaining a voice for women in our society, a voice that is vital in providing the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
Once upon a time, women were expected to submit to their husbands, stay at home to take care of the children, do the cooking and cleaning, and keep their opinions to themselves.
They were not able to leave the home to work, vote, or join the military. This lifestyle became cumbersome for many, which is what started the reform for women’s rights.
It took many, many years for people to see women as equals. It took drastic measures such as petitions, hunger strikes, rebellion, and so on to make a big enough impact. Changes did not happen overnight, but slowly we were granted with more rights. Women are now able to get divorced on their terms, vote and run in political campaigns, work outside of the home, and even join the military, but they still face setbacks.
Even though chances are better in today’s society, women are often set aside for work promotions or other opportunities based on their gender and stereotypes. It will be an ever-changing process for women. However, it is an empowering concept to see how far women have come in the last 100 years. What makes National Women’s History Month even better is that we get to acknowledge past influencers as well as women today who are making a huge difference in our community.
This year’s honorees can be found here, as well as a description of what they have done to further the accomplishments women before us have longed to do. All twelve of this year’s nominees and honorees have been chosen for their outstanding contributions and work. These women have embodied this year’s theme for National Women’s History Month: Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. All of the honorees and nominees have dedicated their time to a cause. Not only are they advocates for women’s rights, but they are also advocates for different ethnicities, veterans, victims, and other minorities. These women have narrowed down an issue, stood in front of it, and fought for change. It is because of women like them, that we will see positive changes in our culture.
The most important thing to take away from National Women’s History Month is inspiration on how you can make a difference in our world.
These women gave everything they had in order to give the future generations the ability to be treated as equals in society, so it only seems fair to add onto their legacy as their successors. Even taking an afternoon to stop by your nearest museum to pay tribute to these historical women would be a great way to support the cause.
Some other great ideas would be to volunteer at your favorite charity or non-profit organization, exercise your right to vote in elections, or talk to your elderly loved ones about what it was like growing up as women’s rights were changing. Not only will you be doing something great for the community, but you will feel good knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life.
No matter the topic, change can happen as long as one person has the passion and determination to start somewhere in the right direction. This March, here at Cariloop, we challenge you to find something that you want to be a part of and join in. It is our job to focus on what we can in our generation to spread equality. If you would like to share how you have made a difference in your community, we would love to hear your story! Follow and share on the Cariloop Facebook, Twitter, or Google + page.