The Battle for Equality

I’ve fought most of my life in the battle of equality (in various forms) for women. I grew up watching my mom fight, and we both continue to fight on behalf of my 5 year-old daughter.

I spent the better part of my adult life working harder, longer, and more effectively than men, in a corporate world dominated by men. I’ve removed myself from not one, but two oppressive marriages where feminine submission was a requirement. I have voted against U.S. Presidential Candidates who didn’t fully support women’s rights.

“I am no bird, and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë

I hate the term ‘women’s rights’ — isn’t it human rights we’re really talking about? The apparent need to distinguish between what is right for women and what is right for human beings infuriates me.

Let’s take today to remember women like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton for their roles in the women’s suffrage movement. And Margaret Sanger, who founded the American Birth Control League. To remember how Gloria Steinem launched Ms. Magazine, the first serious forum for feminist voices.

Today I want to remember the dedication of Eleanor Roosevelt to fighting discrimination against women in the workplace. And be proud of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, signed in 2009 by President Obama.

Today is a day to celebrate with pride being a woman.

Originally posted at Kelli’s blog. Photo via.