This month is national women’s month, so I want to highlight the importance of representation and role models for girls. It is important for young girls to see women who look like them, in a variety of occupations and leadership roles. Seeing other women as plumbers, electricians, preachers and professors is so important in helping young women dream about what they would like to do when they grow up. Seeing female scientists, doctors, lawyers and police officers and other “non-traditional” roles will inspire future generations of women to challenge the norm, find fulfilling careers and make better the world.
When my grandma was a young woman in 1925 she was one of the first women to hold a job outside the home and shockingly wear pants to work! Thanks to her and other women like her neither of those two things are noteworthy in 2023. Each time a woman breaks the “norm” pushes past what society expects, demands the right to opportunity, steps up and is successful she carves a path for the next generation. The rights and opportunities that we fight for today will have lasting impacts.
Recently I was speaking to a friend who is passionate about preaching and teaching. She is educated and trained however, the opportunities for her to practice her craft are slim. She does not remember one female role model and it was a stretch for her to even believe she was capable of filling this position. We talked about the importance of her knocking on doors and asking for opportunity, not only important for her own personal career but for future generations. When considering what one wants to do with their life, representation matters. Representation opens the door for young girls to dream big about their own future.
Each one of us leaves a legacy whether we realize it or not. Be proud of the work you do and the way you impact the world. Raising children, following a career path, traveling the world or whatever you choose to do, know that your life touches other lives and together we can create a better space for the next generation of women.
Written By: Christine B., Masters Level Intern, 2023
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