Too many times, profound messages and prominent actions by women have been credited with a concealed identity. It is a shame that the value and worth of their contributions to society were not valid compared to the opposite companion. I wish I could go back in time, hunt down every anonymous or penned named credit, and give them their much-deserved recognition. Even though it is a far-fetched hope, the idea behind it should stay with us moving forward. I never want this part of history to repeat itself.
I commend the bravery and determination of the women who were willing to give up their identity to ensure their mark on history would be remembered, even if they were not remembered. I do not know how well I would handle having to let someone else take credit for my contribution. Actually, I can tell you I would not handle it well because a former professor had a classmate present my work on my behalf as I stood silently on the sidelines. While this was a small incident compared to the magnitude of the point here, these women had great virtue and humility to have a man come between them and their noted success.
I was sincerely hoping for the glass ceiling to shatter sooner rather than later, but for now, I must work harder to see that day come. When that day comes (and it will come), I hope the shards of glass settle at the feet of the men who stood in our way for far too long. I can hardly wait for the celebration of this accomplishment, and I guarantee we will know every woman’s name who played a role in getting us to that highly anticipated day. And, if you think women talk a lot now, there is no telling when we will shut up about this. No one will dare to take this way away from us, and we will not easily give up these accomplishments to any other person who did not contribute to the cause.
I recognize I am so fortunate to be able to write freely and not have to conceal my identity using an alias. But, had I grown up in a different era without a public platform to speak out for women, I do not know if I could make such an impact. I would like to think I would have hit the ground running and joined the movement long ago. With the emphasis, back on women’s rights and our contributions, I am standing in support of the efforts happening currently. We all have our part to do in this movement. Join campaigns, contact political leaders, educate friends and family, and rise to do your part to make sure history never silences women again.
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