As Women’s History Month comes to a close it’s time to look again to the future. How can we continue to improve women’s rights? How can we continue to improve things for all women everywhere?
Those seem like such huge questions. I am not a hard core radical bent on joining a picket line to shout slogans and hold up signs. I would if I thought that was the best way to make change, however, though I acknowledge the convictions of those who do, that is not my way. I believe education is the key, so supporting efforts to make educational opportunities available to young girls is a starting point. There are several organizations that work to educate the girls of the world. The Girl Effect is a great way to learn more about many of those efforts.
As a mother I also educate my children everyday through my actions as much as with my words. I want my daughter and son to know that by working together women and men can make things better for everyone. It is too easy to say we should be encouraging our daughters more because the flip side of that would be neglecting our sons. That is not the best answer. Educating both, encouraging both, supporting both, empowering both to work together, that is the key to improving the future, not just for women, but for everyone.
The future of women’s rights effects the world at large, and there is so much that can be done. Read from our other writers participating #CelebrateWomen, and check us out on Twitter.
*Photo: Girl doing Geometry by hoyasmeg obtained through Flickr