Hello everyone! For this BirthMay, I figured I should dedicate the weekly theme to social issues that I care about. First up, women’s rights!
So every BirthMay and Blogmas I always try to do some sort of weekly theme on either Saturday or Sunday. I have done things like self care ideas in the past, but this time I wanted something a little bigger than just me. I figured that sharing social issues that I really care about would be a great idea!
Oh! If you’re new here (newer than May 2020) you might be wondering, what’s BirthMay? Well, every year I blog every day in May because it is my birth month. I just figured it was something fun to do, and it has proven to be really enjoyable for me. This will be the fifth BirthMay on my blog! No matter how many BirthMays you’ve been through with me, thank you for being here this BirthMay and thank you for your support!
Why I care about women’s rights:
Besides the obvious fact that I’m a woman, I figured I should share why this issue is so important to me. I grew up with a mother who prioritized teaching me that women are amazing and can accomplish anything. She would buy me the usual American Girl books, but also read me biographies on women like Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, and more. Many fiction books she read me also featured girls like Madeline and Amelia Bedelia. I am so, so grateful that she did this and made a conscious effort to show me strong female characters, in addition to fostering a love of reading and learning that I still have today.
Now, I grew up with a sister, and I never really had male friends so I legit didn’t really understand why people thought males and females were different. Even with my dad, I inherited a ton of my personality from him so I totally didn’t get it! It wasn’t until I worked with guys at my last job in events that I realized that there were some differences. For example, the story I always tell is when two guy friends and I were talking about the movie Zero Dark Thirty, which is a really amazing and powerful film. In the movie there’s a waterboarding scene and one of the guys said that he and his friends thought “wow that looks like it sucks, let’s try it!” and then they actually did??? It blew my mind.
Anyway, the point is, that I never really recognized any differences so literally I would just blaze ahead without considering what others might think due to my gender and honestly, that’s powerful. Literally I never considered that I could be bad at math or science because of my gender so that was really cool looking back (I was a science lover and math hater independent of gender ideas). I love that I grew up with this thought process.
What this all means to me:
Now, I am more aware of the differences that are perceived or even actually there (literally, I can’t get over that a group of guys thought they should try waterboarding???). I am still a strong believer that women should support women and help each other up, so I’ve always tried to keep that in mind when I’ve been given leadership opportunities or even in supporting my close friends in their wild ideas.
But this also has implications outside of my immediate circle. I always see TikToks on women sharing their stories about narrowly escaping kidnapping/trafficking, horrific treatment by medical professionals when trying to get diagnosis’s or treatment and being dismissed as “dramatic”, or having to deal with mansplaining in the workplace (or even on dates). Honestly, I love that women are able to get their stories out there on social media and have an audience to bring awareness to it. And I love that everyone supports each other and gives each other advice on how to deal with that going forward.
What do I want to do about it?
Now, there’s always the thing about how it’s one thing to be aware of an issue and the other thing is to do something about it. I don’t think that protests, peaceful or otherwise, really do anything about it except call attention to something and I hate crowds, so that’s definitely something that I don’t think I’ll ever partake in. I do think I’ll try to focus on the legislative part of it and try to take a more proactive approach to reaching out to my representatives about it.
I also think I want to try to support women owned businesses, especially Latina owned businesses going forward. Additionally, I want to support Latina and women in general content such as blogs, films, books, and other entertainment focused things. I would also like to maybe look for a women or Latina focused nonprofit to maybe volunteer with.
Of course, I’m always open to suggestions if there is anything else that someone can think of!
So that’s a quick little snippet about the social issue of women’s rights! I didn’t want to go on and on about it as I do think that my audience is mostly women, so likely none of this is new to them. But there’s plenty of other resources online so if there’s something I said that made you think, maybe head to Google to search and learn more!
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