COLUMN: Women’s History Month reminds that fight is far from over

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Maya Kasprzak, Business Editor

In 2021, we are seeing women running businesses. We are seeing women becoming successful CEOs. We elected our first female Vice President. We are seeing more women in Congress than ever before. We are seeing women uplift other women and stand for other women. We’ve come a long way, haven’t we?

Women’s history runs deep in every single culture and country in the world, and the fight for equal rights between genders has been a long, hard fight. However, as we move into a more progressive and inclusive society, we must not forget that women’s history is happening right now. Our fight is far from over, and thinking that we have nothing left to fight for is dangerous. 

We have to fight for Sarah Everard, who was killed by a police officer while walking home at night alone. We have to fight for the six Asian women who were shot and killed during a hate crime in Atlanta, and Asian American & Pacific Islander women everywhere. We have to fight for transgender women being barred from playing on sports teams. We have to fight for missing and murdered Indigenous women. We have to fight for black women, even when Breonna Taylor’s name isn’t across headlines anymore. We have to fight for the 97 percent of women that have faced sexual assault and harassment. We have to fight for you and me. 

When we talk about women’s history, far too often, we speak as if it is in the past. The fact of the matter is, we are making women’s history and watching women’s history happen. If we don’t recognize the powerful and strong women making history today as well as the lengths we still have to go towards full and complete equality, we have not learned our lesson. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.