20 Powerful Facts That’ll Make You Proud Of Your Womanhood.
March is here, which means that it's time to celebrate Women's History Month. But why? Women's rights activist and journalist Gloria Steinem said it best: "Women have always been an equal part of the past. We just haven't been a part of history." Women, by virtue of being women, we will spend the rest of their lives in reclamation.
Steinem will turn 82 this year. Although she is known for taking action that is perhaps still too liberal for conservatives today — becoming a Playboy Bunny and writing an article about their exploitative work conditions, undergoing an illegal abortion at 22 and reflecting on her experience as a positive thing, contributing a piece to Cosmopolitan titled "If Men Could Menstruate" (an excerpt: "Men would brag about how long and how much. Young boys would talk about it as the envied beginning of manhood. Gifts, religious ceremonies, family dinners, and stag parties would mark the day."), for example — the difference between her and other one hit wonder feminists is that she continued on and proved her political prowess for much broader purposes.
In particular, she wrote a piece called "After Black Power, Women's Liberation" for New York Magazine in 1969 for which she won the Penney-Missouri Journalism Award and more importantly helped voice feminist issues in a serious way.
It is Steinem, among so many other brave individuals, that we celebrate this month for speaking up and against the injustices women have faced and continue to face today. While the fight for women's equality is ongoing, it is through their examples that we can have faith that our own hard work will in the end be worth something. It doesn't matter if we walk, strut, stride, write, or run (for office, for example) — what matters is that we continue to move.
Here are some facts to help you stay motivated:
#1. Here's Gloria Steinem as a Playboy Bunny. She's still got it today.
#2. Want to go back to school for something? You can do it. According to Time magazine, women are now more likely to have college degrees than men. Here's actress Eva Longoria graduating from her Master's program in Chicano Studies at California State University Northridge in 2013.
#3. Each of Jane Austen's works were originally published anonymously. Her pen name? "A Lady."
#4. George Eliot, or Mary Ann Evans, was one of the most influential writers in the Victorian era. She adopted a masculine name so her works could be taken seriously.
#5. In 1921, Edith Wharton became the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for The Age of Innocence.
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