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Abbie Fouberg, Contributor

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Women

 

When you hear that word what do you think of? No seriously leave it in the comments because I am genuinely curious. Do you think power? Do you think of intelligence? Do you think of president of the United States? Do you think of the embodiment of strength? Or, do you think of adjectives such as shallow, dumb, and weak? And you can’t possibly think of President because we’ve never had a women president.

 

Women all around the world are constantly being criticized for either the way they dress, act, or even think. March 8th was International Women’s Day. To me this day celebrated how modern women have contributed to society. So let’s take today to appreciate the amazing gender that is woman.

 

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world every year on March 8th. This day originated during the labor movements at the turn of the 20th century in both North America and Europe. In 1945, the first international agreement to affirm equality between men and women was signed by the United Nations. There has also been 4 women’s conferences hosted by the United Nations. This development has helped the progress of the women’s rights movement immensely. But the majority of this has helped contribute to equal rights when it comes to business at an economic level. But these strides have had not as big of an impact of people’s mindsets.

 

I as a teenage girl still face some form of discrimination in everyday life. I was once playing tag football as a gym sport in 7th grade. But, the guy who was “leading” the team would not allow me to handle the ball because girls are weaker or less athletic than guys. He went on to say it was simply a scientific fact and that I couldn’t argue with science. When I was also in middle school I wore a cold shoulder tank top that showed roughly a centimeter of my midriff and was lectured by a guidance counselor on why it was too inappropriate. My math teacher did the same thing except in front of my entire class. Both of these adults were women. Women should be supporting other women not attempting to tear each other down.

 

That’s how women’s physical appearance is judged, now what about emotional mentality? I as a woman get periods every month. Now guys I know you may cringe at that but it’s true and it’s not something to be grossed out by or frightened of. But I’m not talking about the physical torture that comes with a period, I’m here to talk about the stereotypes surrounding it. Whenever I react in a way that is too strong for someone to handle I’ll constantly get the question; are you on your period? As if I a human being living on this here earth am incapable of having any reaction to a situation unless I am on my period. But if I take charge of certain situations I am labeled as bossy or stuck up. Yes of course I can be bossy and yes of course I can act strongly when I am going through the menstruation cycle. But, that does not mean that those labels are the default, in fact they should never be the default.

 

What about a women’s truth compared to a man’s truth? Over the past year and a half, countless women have come forward to tell their stories of sexual assault, but countless women have been refused the justice they deserve. Either It’s she was asking for it because she was drunk, high, or by the way she dressed. None of those are excuses for having someone’s choice taken away from them, man or woman.

 

We have been making progress for years now but we are still nowhere close. Women are far more powerful than most human beings realize. So instead of staying quiet about things that upset you, say something. When asked what you want to do or where you want to go, say what you want to do and say where you want to go. Speak your mind because everybody has something to say and it would be a shame if the world never heard it.

 

Yes, I am a feminist. No, I do not hate men. Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes.

 

That is the exact definition for feminism. Yes I am fighting for women’s rights but that is because women are the minority when it comes to this propaganda. If men were the minority I would be fighting for their rights. But, it just so happens that in this case it is my own gender on the line.

 

 

“Feminism Isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – G.D. Anderson

 

Listed below are some quotes and links to some amazing videos. Enjoy!

 

“Teach your daughters to worry a little less about fitting into glass slippers and more about shattering glass ceilings.”

“Pretty is not the rent you pay to exist in the world as a woman.”

“I will respect your opinion as long as your opinion doesn’t disrespect someone else’s existence.”

“Wake up. Coffee. End rape culture. Smash the patriarchy. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.”

“If feminism wasn’t powerful, if feminism wasn’t influential, people wouldn’t spend so much time trying to put it down.” – Jessica Valenti

“We move forward when we recognize how how resilient and striking the women around us are.” – Kupi Kaur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgIzFDCd7dQ

^^Disclaimer: Some mature content is involved.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-iFl4qhBsE