When I first came to Ann Richards, it wasn’t because it was an all girls school, and that I knew the significance about the school being an all girls school. It was because I wanted a good education. I am, in fact, getting a good education, but I also got something more: knowledge about history and the way the current political landscape is. I have learned that as a female we have come a long way in our rights. We are slowly, but surely, building our way up to one day be equal with men. Often in history we see an overwhelming amount of accomplishments from men. During the month of March, we celebrate all of the amazing things women have done in history as well, because to be honest, we are pretty awesome and have done some kick butt things to help propel and build up our history.
In my elementary school, my class and I were not very judgmental, everyone was treated the same, and could do the same things no matter their gender. As I started to grow up and move on through middle school, and now high school, I began noticing that in our society, men get more privileges and support to go after big opportunities. For example, I got an opportunity to travel over the summer, the same summer travelling my brother has done before. When I showed and talked to my parents about it, they said no because they didn’t feel comfortable with me traveling. My brother went on these same types of trips as I was going to go on, but when it came to me and my chance to experience something new and out of the norm, they said no. I then went on to learn other things that weren’t fair with the female gender. For instance, women don’t get payed the same as men for the exact same work, and don’t get as much recognition for doing something good that will move us forward. By going to Ann Richards, I became a feminist after learning about the injustice in today’s society.
One of the first times I realized that girls are treated different in society is when I was about seven and at summer camp. The boys were playing soccer, which looked like a lot of fun, so me and my newly found best friend went over to ask if we could join in. One of the boy’s immediately said no followed by another one running past. When I asked why they said “because you are a girl”. Now this seems pretty small, but I have noticed that in my life these small things add up, and I haven’t been able to do as many things because I am a girl. That is why during Women’s History Month, we can try to inform people about how capable we are.
To me, Women’s History Month is about recognizing all of the amazing women in my life and all of the amazing women who have helped us as women move forward in history. During the month of March we should feel empowered to aim high and set goals that we might not have done before. We should realize that as women we are amazing, we can do more, and accomplish more than what is considered possible.