The month of March is ‘Women’s History Month’. An opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many achievements and undeniable contributions of all women throughout our history. According to History.com, this month of honoring women grew out of a small-town school event in California, and as a result, the United States has observed this event annually throughout the month of March since 1987. History.com looks back at the 2012 theme:
“Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment,” honors pioneering teachers and advocates who helped women and other groups gain access to advanced learning.
Fast forward to the groundbreaking 2016 Presidential election, where for the first time in the history of the United States a woman, Hillary Rodham Clinton, became the first Presidential Nominee of a major political party (Democratic). No small feat. In fact, many contend this achievement shattered the glass in the preverbal ‘Glass Ceiling’, paving the way for all women to aspire to reaching the highest office in our country that for centuries has alluded them. In addition, she garnered the majority of the popular votes, or the peoples votes. But for what many consider an antiquated ‘Electoral College’, she would now be the first woman President of the United States of America.
So, let’s take a look back at the history behind women’s plight for advancement and equality, and why certain levels of accomplishments continue to allude them, even when they are clearly more than qualified for the task at hand. While there is much evidence of inequality for women throughout history, ExprssYourselfBlog wanted to revisit the origin of one of the most talked about in recent history, and one that Hillary Clinton reminded us all is still very much a barrier, with her famous quote after conceding the 2008 Presidential nomination to President Obama. “Although we were not able to shatter that highest and hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you it has 18 million cracks in it”.
Review the findings from the Bush Administration that puts it all into perspective. Findings and Conclusions of ‘Glass Ceiling’ Study: Confirmations inequities exist in a woman’s opportunity to advance her career, proving the ‘Class Ceiling’ exist, and the benefit to society to eliminate it.