3 Ways to Appreciate Women During Women’s History Month
By Elizabeth Barrera
We’re already four days into March, and International Women’s Day is just a few days away - on March 8th. With Women’s History Month being this month, it’s important to know the history women have made that has helped this country progress. Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Dolores Huerta are all names we should know fairly well. But rather than giving you a history lesson on the impact women have made (I’ll leave the research portion as homework for you to do), I want to give you a list of ways you can appreciate women this month. Regardless of your place in a woman’s life, here are a few ways you can appreciate your female friend, family member, or significant other this month:
Respect her. There are multiple ways to show a woman respect. Some examples are: don’t catcall her when she’s walking down the street and don’t use profanity against her because she didn’t acknowledge you; accept that no means no. Don’t make jokes about her body and do not strip her of her dignity. Instead, help build her confidence and encourage her rather than put her down.
Stand up for her. If you see her being disrespected, defend her. Sometimes women are okay defending themselves, but nothing feels better than seeing the opposite sex value us enough to go out of their way and defend us when we’re being disrespected. It shows you acknowledge us and aren’t willing to put up with sexism - something we experience at work, at a bar/club, and when walking down the street.
Be supportive. Whether she’s thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, going on a diet, or taking a risky career move - always be her biggest fan. There are plenty of negative forces trying to bring her down, so don’t be another one. Be as supportive as you can, show sympathy when you need to and be as empathetic as you can. Push yourself just as much as she does and don't be afraid to go that extra mile for her.
It's time to admit it (if you haven't already) - without women, we wouldn't even exist. So this month, along with every day of the year, let's work to appreciate women. Let's work to help strengthen them and help build their confidence. Because together, we can help women achieve greatness.