Our forefathers have contributed to the United States of America…

                             We are all a part of mankind…

                                                            Today is her time to shine.

Which sentence sticks out from the rest?

                                                    Why may you ask? — Gender differences

Common words and phrases engrained into the English language eliminate the influence that women have graced our planet with in the past.

Gender has been a decisive quality since the beginning of humanity, not mankind, and the time of our ancestors not our forefathers. Among many other battles, women have fought for the right to vote, privacy rights, and equal pay in the workplace. Women continue to fight every day.

Many men and women have fought for equal rights for all throughout history including Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

She sums the meaning of Women’s history month by saying, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men AND women are created equal.”

This American phrase from our Declaration of Independence implies a God. A “creator” that established our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness could have been in the minds of our ancestors. Yes, these were men, but every person is influenced by many other people.

Two Jesuit values promote the message behind Women’s history month. The Equality and Solidarity of All People and Dignity and Value of Each person show that differences are neither right nor wrong and provide important distinctions. Combined variety can amount to beautiful new creation. Dignity for all people was established in the documents that created the United States of America, but minorities were suppressed because of a hierarchical way of thought. Humans are not perfect beings; however, the values of love and equality are utopian when put into practice by all people.

The United States began celebrating Women’s History Month in March 1987.

Face the facts:

According to the United States Census,

  • 29.9 million women over the age of 25 have at least a bachelor’s degree. Women were awarded 1.2 million more degrees than men.

              However, women receive 77 cents for every dollar a man is receives.

  • 157.2 million women live in America. Women outnumber men by 4 million.
  • 73 percent of American women assert their right to vote by registering.
  • 14% of our beloved armed forces are women, and fight for our rights each and every day.

A few Loyola women that I have come in contact with that take risks and make a difference every day include: Ms. Sarah Smith, Ms. Bonnie McCullar, Ms. Laura Beatty, Ms. Amy Boyle, Dr. Terri Bednarz, Dr. Sonya Duhe, and Dr. Laura Tuley.

We are all leaders because each person inspires one another. The question remains: will you be a positive leader or a negative leader?

So I ask you, what is wrong with differences? Why allow these characteristics to separate instead of unite?  Differing opinions allow for growth, so feel free to disagree, but add your own addition to the piece. Also, please feel free to add Loyola women that inspire others and any contributions that women have made worldwide to the blog.

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