Balance for the Better

By An Ho

Graphics by Lauryn White

Since 1995, Women’s History Month has been celebrated every March, including an International Women’s Day on March 8. The month is dedicated to spotlight the achievements and contributions women have done in the past. This year’s theme for women’s month is balance for the better, where it raises the awareness of biases in gender, sexuality, and race. Students and staff were asked about their opinions on Women’s History Month and the women that they appreciate in their life.

English Teacher Dee Flaherty

Most memorable women oriented event in history?

I think the women’s suffrage movement is one of the most important/memorable women-oriented even in history. This was the dawn of a new era for women, and while we still have a long road ahead of us, the brave women who insisted on having the right to vote demonstrated an inspiring level of courage and perseverance.

Who is your favorite female character in literature/film/television and why?

My favorite female character from literature is Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. I love her character, her innocence, her voice, her sense of adventure, and her curiosity.

How do you think schools should bring up and talk about this topic?

To be honest, I don’t actually know how much students learn about women’s movements/achievements/contributions in school. I would hope that teachers of all subjects would make it a priority to “weave” historical women into their content. Every subject, every discipline has benefitted from women in some way, and pointing out to students the roles that everyone (not just women/men) play is important in helping our students understand and appreciate the capabilities we all possess.

What do you hope for women to have in the future?

Respect and equal pay for equal work.

Junior Tawnie Bremer

Who is the most influential woman in your life and why?

My mom. She’s always worked super hard to get me places where I’ve always wanted to be at, like softball. She’s had to take several jobs up for me, just so I could have nice things at home.

What kind of woman do you aspire to be?

A woman that’s [well-]respected in any type of society, whether that’s a male dominated society or wherever else. I don’t want to be looked over, I want to make sure I have a voice and I want to make sure I’m very strong-headed.

How do you feel about an entire month dedicated to women?

I love it. It makes me feel really empowered and makes me want to go out and do more for women.

What do you hope for women to have in the future?

[I hope for] our voices to be heard more politically, business-related andanything education wise. I think we’re just tired of always being belittled in so many aspects of the world so in the future, I think we’d want to be a lot more equal to others.

Sophomore Gavin Mitchell

Who is a woman you are most proud of and why?

My sister, because she’s had a hard time in life yet keeps going in life.

Who is your favorite female character in literature/film/television and why?

Antigone. She just wants to do stuff yet other people won’t let her, so she’s always against others which I like.

How do you feel about an entire month dedicated to women?

I think it’s great to appreciate women for how far they’ve come and accomplished.

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