How Dare You?

Written by Kishima Garcia, Executive Vice President of Human Capital & Strategies, Quiet Professionals, LLC

We should all start our view on life by asking the right question(s). Recently, I asked my daughter, “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” It was different from the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” that parents typically ask children. To ask yourself or another person to indicate “what you want to be” isn’t relevant anymore because you can be whatever you want to be. It is “who you are” that matters. She replied, “I want to be a nice person.”

“As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you the first time around.”

– Oprah Winfrey.

When I think about where we have been as a society, I wonder if I would have had the strength to endure what the women before me had to struggle through, just to be able to be who they wanted to be. During Women’s History Month, we honor women who have contributed to society in significant ways. Let us not forget about those who have paved the way for women to have a voice, vote, and serve in highly regarded positions. The contributions are too many to highlight in one article. This month is dedicated to women who dared to create their value to society regardless of society’s opinion of them.

“I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves.”

– Mary Shelley.

It was not too long ago where girls were limited to playing indoors and told that they could not do something that a boy could do. When asked, “Why can’t I do that?” the response would simply be, “Because girls don’t do that.” Although there have been significant advances in women’s rights, there are still disparities in all countries worldwide, where women are marginalized and have stunted abilities just because they are women.

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would also be free.”

– Rosa Parks.

Pink and blue jobs are what they would call jobs that have been slated specifically for women (pink) and specifically for men (blue). In the United States, breaking down the professional barriers took time and effort that included the federal government’s influence on mandating public and privately-owned covered employers to enforce equal opportunity and affirmative action programs. There are still disparities that exist today. According to Investopedia the phrase “glass ceiling” became most prominent in the mid-1980s to highlight the invisible barriers that prevented women from advancing their careers past a certain point.

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

– Maya Angelou.

In the mid-1900s, the term homemaker or housewife was synonymous with women who managed the home and other domestic concerns. In the early twentieth century, it was typical to have a dual working household. Today, both men and women share the responsibility of taking care of the home and children. This enables parents to decide which role they want to play based on who may have the better opportunity.

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me” 

 Ayn Rand.

Dare TO BE AMAZING, dare to BE YOU

Happy Women’s History Month

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