It’s Women’s History Month!

It’s Women’s History Month!

This month is March, and to honor the courageous historical feminists who had never give up fighting for their equality, people in the United States celebrate the Women’s History Month annually this time of the year. 

Women had been previously oppressed by men for as long as humans have existed, and it was not easy for them to eradicate gender inequality. It took centuries for women to finally be viewed as independent citizens of society and be granted the right to vote and access to education. Several protests had taken place and many sacrifices had been made. Fortunately, those efforts were not in vain because in today’s modern society, women and men have fairly equal rights and privileges. 

Women’s History Month has been celebrated since the 1980s. It was created when female historians noticed that the history of feminism and women barely appeared in history books and were left forgotten. 

There are various ways for you to celebrate this month! You can learn more about women’s history through films or books or even start advocating for gender equality. You can read over this link to find out what are the 15 creative ways to celebrate Women’s History Month:

Nevertheless, there are still many instances where women are seen as inferior to men. That conservative view continues to cause people to undermine the true abilities of women, hindering them from reaching their full potential and being given the opportunities they deserve. One example of this is the coronavirus pandemic and how it has created a huge gap in terms of employment between women and men. Research shows that a lot more women lost their jobs compared to men. Although women continue to be mistreated in many places around the world, we have to recognize the fact that major changes have been made. Going forward, everyone should join the gender equality movement and shed more light on the problem of gender discrimination.

I am La Le Quynh Anh, a 13-year-old girl, borned and living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. At the age of 10, I first learned about gender inequality when I read a newspaper article about a woman who was terribly beaten up by her husband during their quarrel. I was frustrated by how some people are not able to control their anger. However, I grew more furious reading the hate comments not towards the husband but rather the wife for being “annoying.” Since then, I started noticing and paid more attention to the problems concerning gender inequality around me. I love my country but I have to admit that sexism is still a huge problem here. In Vietnam, men still have the most power in the family and you would rarely hear of a woman who worked in the government. But on the bright side, changes are slowly happening and I also want to help contribute to the fight against gender inequality. Like Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Therefore, I want to work together with girls and women worldwide to make a difference in the world. And I hope that through SHEQUALITY, not only my voice but also other women’s voices will be heard to a wide range of audience.