Women Taking a Stand
In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Women's March, women came together again to march all over America this past weekend! The march is a beautiful sight to see women supporting other women, speaking out, and speaking up for all our rights.
Women's March online states the mission is as follows;
The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.
How great and how sad is it that in 2018 we are still having to speak out for our rights? How sad is that in 2018 we have to hold marches for our rights to be noticed and our voices to be heard? But also, how beautiful is it that all these women came together united for one cause?
We have stood in the shadows for far too long and have been living in this so called "Man's World" and felt ashamed for our pasts and the abuse that has been put on us. We have been told it was our fault, that we shouldn't dress or act certain ways and maybe those incidents wouldn't happen to us. But you know what, they would have. It doesn't matter what you wear, how you act, or what profession you are in, sexual harassment, abuse, and rape can happen anywhere and to anyone.
I love that women are coming together to speak out and speak up on these issues, because it is an issue and it needs fixed. Far too often we see women fighting against each other or blaming other women for the things happening. None of us are perfect and we all have our issues, but we shouldn't go to work or into the world and feel scared, ashamed, or embarrassed. We should feel proud, strong, smart, and powerful instead.
So ladies out there, Stand Up, Stand Strong, Stand Proud, and Stand Powerful! We are women and we are here to stay.
We here at Dirt Road Anthems are a female-ran business and we love supporting other women in all that they do!
I can't tell you how many times I have heard, "You are in a man's world, you better learn to play the game or you won't make it". I had another female manager tell me this right after college at my first "real" job. My thought at first was, that is so nice of her to care enough about my success she is sharing this knowledge. But the longer I thought about what she said, the madder I became. Why should we have to learn to play their game, why do we have to sit back and let the men take control of our future?
I wish I could say that when I left there I had made an impact that made a difference, but it was the exact same for the whole 6 years I worked there and every strong female I knew that went through those doors always walked right back out feeling defeated.
As I have moved along in my life, it really hasn't changed from one job to the next. I have been told that "female employees were made to obey male leaders in the past and it still needs to be that way today" and sadly that is a direct quote from a former boss. I have been told what to wear and how to act. I was even forced to eat lunch with a VIP client so we wouldn't lose his business and when I refused I was told it was that or to lose my job.
I look back at all of these things that have happened and I want to shut them out of my mind or go back in time and actually stand up for myself, but now I just have to say, No More. I hope everyone can say that as well.
If you haven't had any of these experiences throughout your life or career I am so happy for you, but don't for a second think they don't exist. If you have friends, family, or co-workers that are going through this or have went through this show empathy, but also make your voice heard and take a stand. We all have to stand together if we want to make a difference.