The month’s almost over, but celebrate

March is Women’s History Month. We usually don’t write a lot about these “history months” or “awareness months” that are designated throughout the year because each month has so many associations that we would be a newspaper full of that every week if we tried to keep up. But, since tomorrow is the last day of Women’s History Month, and I’m a woman, I felt it important to share some of the history about how we got here. The story on the right details how it happened. 

It took a lot of lobbying and a nation-wide effort to have women recognized as an important historical asset to this country. 

If you’re a woman, then you already know how important you are to your family, friends and community. You may not always feel appreciated, but know that you play an integral part in the lives of those around you. I’m not building you up at the expense of men. Men, too, have an important role in the lives of their family, neighbors and community. Today, we’re focusing on the ladies. 

One woman I’ll write about is Sheryl Sandberg, who wrote the book “Lean In.” She is the chief operating officer of Facebook. In the book, Sandberg talks about women in the workplace. In 2010, she gave a TED talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. It was viewed more than six million times and encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks and pursue their goals with gusto. 

I like women who build up other women. I like to see women find their strengths while still maintaining uniqueness. It’s hard sometimes because we can be catty and competitive with other women, but one of these days, that has to stop. Women are pursuing respect and we hold ourselves back when we act that way.  

Women have come a long way and our value is recognized. We have a uniqueness different from men and I love that. My pastor, when preaching about creation, says that men were made from the dirt and women were “fashioned” by God. I think that’s pretty cool. 

If you’re reading this and you’re not a woman, I hope that you’ll show the women in your life how much they are loved. If you’re a woman reading this, remember how awesome you are and never forget your sparkle. 

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