WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
This March, the firm and I have decided to do our part to pay homage to the innumerable accomplishments of women throughout history. Each week on our blog, we’ll be highlighting some of the leaders, pioneers, scientists, and explorers who helped shape our world in spite of those who said “She couldn’t.” So, with this being our Women’s History Month issue, I’d like to take time to acknowledge my own personal heroes. There is perhaps no greater indication of the need for Women’s History Month than the fact that my generation didn’t grow up with many female role models to look up to. Going through school in the 1980s, I was under the false impression that history had been made only by men. Too many of the consequential figures we’ll be posting about this month simply weren’t given much weight in the classroom back then. When preparing for this month, I picked up a book highlighting women from history, and after every chapter, I found myself asking, “Why wasn’t I taught about this in school?” So, while my school history books kept me in the dark as a teen, I turned to literature instead. Heroines like Scarlett O’Hara of “Gone With the Wind” and Catherine Linton of “Wuthering Heights” may at first seem like odd sources of empowerment. They are, after all, characters in romances set in the 1800s. But what made these fictional women and others like them stand out to me was how they were able to use their wit and determination to ultimately get what they wanted most in life despite restrictive social structures or outright catastrophe. Reading these stories during my formative years did more than solidify my love for the romance genre. They showed me that, yes, there would be
obstacles in life — but if I was smart and driven, there was nothing I couldn’t do. Of course, I had living proof of that philosophy right in front of me. No conversation about women who inspire me would be complete without my mother. I’ve touched on this in past articles, but in case I haven’t made it clear, my mother is a force of nature. In the wake of her divorce at a young age, with two children in tow, she was more determined than ever to make her own path in the world. She put herself through school, traveled, and raised her kids to share her positive outlook on life. Whenever we struggled, she’d tell us, “This will make you a better person.” My mother is the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit and a constant inspiration to me. Moving on into Women’s History Month, my team and I are very excited to be sharing the stories of women who helped shape the world. Many of these amazing individuals were not recognized for their enormous contributions in their own time. We owe it to the women and men of the next generation to celebrate these triumphs. We’ve still got a long way to go toward gender equality, but remembering the pioneers who brought us this far makes the path forward that much easier to see. And as we share the stories of these titanic historical figures, let’s remember to honor the inspiring women in our own lives as well. You certainly don’t need to make it into a history book to make a lasting impact on your community. I’m sure each of us has a mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, friend, or coworker who has empowered us. If you have such an inspiring person from your own life and would like to share their story in honor of Women’s History Month, we want to hear it! Visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/4womenlaw/ or tweet us at Twitter.com/4womenlaw and let us know about the women who have inspired you!
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“MANY OF THESE AMAZING INDIVIDUALS WERE NOT RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS IN THEIR OWN TIME. WE OWE IT TO THE WOMEN AND MEN OF THE NEXT GENERATION TO CELEBRATE THESE TRIUMPHS.”
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