Women’s History: Creating future hope

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  • Lifting other women up Sophomores Zoey Heron and Madison Lada pose for a picture literally embracing each other.

  • Story swap Talking about their life experiences, sophomores Tacoma Beckett and Reagan Bishop exchange thoughts about women who have impacted their lives the most. “My mother fought academically, and having four kids was a struggle. I don’t think anybody respected her, as a woman having four kids. Going back to her teenage years and having to fight back from that, I think about where she is now and where we are now. I think that stuck with me,” Beckett said.

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Women’s History Month was founded in March 1987 by the U.S congress after it began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California according to Women’s History Month. This proclamation was created in the interest of representing women across the world who have influenced sizeable social change.
Sophomore Regan Bishop took some time to reflect on the contributions of Catherine Elizabeth Benson Brewer, the first woman to receive her diploma on July 16, 1840.
“I think that was really cool of her because she was the first ever one to fight for [educational rights] even if nobody liked that idea,” Bishop said.
In addition to changes in education systems, female students have found power in sports, such as wrestling. Zoey Heron likes the challenge of taking on a ”male” sport.
“With me being in a sport that is dominated by males, I especially can see whenever people look at you and think oh, she doesn’t deserve that. Just because I am not a dude,” Heron said.
Women have fought for the rights that they now have today, though there are more changes to be made. Certain societal standards are still unfairly in place including the pink tax and unequal pay grades. Sophomore Tacoma Beckett hopes her voice will continue to be heard.
“I think we’re setting up [future generations] by showing that we can fight for what we want. We are fighting for our rights, so I think what we do now is going to help women in the future. It’s giving us a voice,” Beckett said.