Opinion: Women's History Month is a continuing mission
March is a word that represents both a month and an impactful event that encourages social change. Throughout history, the gender equality gap has persisted in America. From the ever-changing social expectations of women to the push forward of women in the workplace, politics, and professional settings, it is apparent that women play a large role in the progression of social change in America.
On June 4, 1919, the Women’s Suffrage Movement achieved its goal in granting women the right to vote. Although a monumental moment for women in history, the inequality that women faced is still present today.
“A man’s world,” a phrase to sweep injustice that women face under the rug, represents how there is still so much left to right the inequality in our nation. Pay gaps, derogatory language, and prejudice allow for divides to be created between men and women. It is important to recognize what women face and how the conditions may be improved.
Just in our community, inspirational women are an abundant resource. Rita Frakes, art teacher and head softball coach, has battled cancer twice while maintaining a smile and cheery attitude throughout it all. Principal Cheryl Hochalter has led this school since 2012. Stana Jefferson, science teacher and head girls’ basketball coach, has led her team to state for two consecutive years. Even this publication features several empowered young women, ranging from staff members to editors-in-chief.
Fostering an environment that encourages powerful young women to push forward into society is essential to the progression of America. It starts in schools, homes, and communities. The Spotlight Staff recognizes and admires the strength of women in our community and encourages young women to strive in order to make change.