Women are often referred to as the backbone of the family, the community, and the nation. In the same vein, it is often said that behind every successful man there is a strong woman. In today’s modern society, it would be easier and more appropriate to construe the point that women are the backbone of the family, the community and the nation as being more accurate and applicable to the neo social, political and economic world. This is because neither the proverbial nor the actual reality is that women are behind men at all. In fact, the stark reality is that the female gender is either beside or in front of our men. Arguably this is rightly so as some will agree and accept and others will disagree and deny.
However, what cannot be denied is that for centuries, women have been playing a key role in the development of society and if it must be said, the advancement of men. It is no secret that members of the fairer sex have done this to the detriment of their own advancement while helping to prop men up and propelling them forward. We only need to look at the fact that women continue to be the minority in society, while helping their male spouses to advance politically, socially and economically.
The fact there is a day dedicated to women is testament to the fact that they continue to be the underdogs in the minds of society’s leaders. It might sound ironic but the pertinent question to ask is why is there an International Women’s Day and not an International Men’s Day? This day was created and attributed to women in an effort to celebrate their positive and overwhelming contribution to society. It is also set aside to highlight the struggles that women have had to endure in order to gain the recognition that they not only need but also deserve.
History tells us that from as early as 1914, women have been arguing for the right to have a day set aside for them. However, it wasn’t until 1977 that this was agreed upon and March 8 set aside as the official International Women’s Day. This was extremely late after more than sixty (60) years of advocacy with many developments along the way.
According to the website of the History Channel, one of these key developments was when women gained the absolute right to vote through, quote, “the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which granted American women the right to vote, a right known as women’s suffrage, and was ratified on August 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest.” End quote. https://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/19th-amendment-1
There were many other bumps and hurdles along the way, however, this achievement paved the way for many other deserving achievements for our women.
Many will argue that there are more unnecessary hurdles which continue to prevent women from advancing as much as they should. However, let us give thanks for the achievements which have been documented so far and continue to work towards the shattering of the proverbial glass ceiling.
Let us not wait for March 8 to celebrate our women. Let us celebrate our women every day.