March is Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s History Month

Frances Rodriguez, Staff Writer

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March is Women’s History Month, as declared by the United States of America. Throughout the course of history, cisgender and transgender women have been victimized to discrimination and oppression. Unfortunately, sexism and misogyny is prevalent in today’s world. Sexism, as defined by Google, is the prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex. Misogyny is defined as the dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women.

One example of misogyny’s pervasiveness in today’s society is the U.S. Presidential Election. Hillary Clinton, a Democratic candidate, is campaigning for President. Aside from the expected Democrat and Republican criticism, Clinton has received backlash for the fact that she is a woman. There are numerous people, male and female, who feel as if menopause can impact a female President’s term of office. This type of implication can horrendously damage a female politician’s potential and reputation, for menopause is not a guarantee of a disastrous presidency.

Regardless, Women’s History Month’s purpose is to celebrate those of the female gender who have overcome systematic oppression and succeeded in their field. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Sylvia Rae Rivera, Malala Yousafzai, and Serena Williams are a few women who have promoted change in their subject and are internationally celebrated for their legacies. Women are powerful people, and deserve to be treated equally to men.

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