On March 8, Intnational Women’s Day will be celebrated in various ways to recognize the contributions women have made to society. In the minds of some people, they think wow! “We’ve come a long way, baby” from the days of slavery, suffrage and the feminist movement. We had Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress, Condoleezza Rice, the first African American woman to serve as Secretary of State, and Sonia Sotomayor, the first Supreme Court Justice of Hispanic heritage. Even though women have made progress, there are still social challenges that women worldwide struggle to overcome, such as the problems associated with forced marriages and the denial for women’s rights to education due to cultural and religious constraints.
Throughout history, women have experienced strict rules that have kept them from moving forward socially, politically and economically. For instant, the barbaric practice of female circumcision that cripples and kills countless innocent girls. The horror of murdering female babies because in some societies they are perceived as useless and a financial burden. Currently, women continue to endure chauvinism, sexism, verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Women are constantly being reminded that they should be seen and not heard. These narrow-minded beliefs is what motivates women to continue to press on to strive for greatness.
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