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The Miles They Walked… In Heels



In 1987, due to being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress declared

March to be National Women’s History Month. Set apart from other months to honor feminism

and the accomplishments of girls everywhere, March offers a great learning opportunity for us

all. May we never forget what some of the greatest women of all time have taught us.

Lesson number one is feminism itself. It’s important to understand that feminism is not about

thinking that women are better than men or about hating men. Feminism is about equality across

the spectrum. The feminine root of the word exists purely because it was women who not only

started the movement but who were also at the initial disadvantage. As the co-editor of an

international women’s encyclopedia, Cheris Kramarae said, “Feminism is the radical notion that

women are human beings.”

Lesson number two is that despite this article’s spin on two well-known adages, women’s

actions and words should be respected as if you had to walk a mile in her shoes, no matter what

kind of shoes they are. That’s a metaphor, of course. The bottom line is that a woman is a woman

if she says she is, and she doesn’t need to fit any standards. Above all, all women deserve

respect. As Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel, pioneering French fashion designer said, “A girl

should be two things; who and what she wants.”

Lesson number three is that girls can, have, and will accomplish things no matter what. Just

like men, women are strong and capable. From Amelia Earhart to Queen Elizabeth II, to Billie

Jean King, to Malala Yousafzai, it’s been proven time and time again that girls make strides in

history for all of us. As Victoria Woodhull, the first female presidential candidate said, "I

endeavor to make the most of everything.”


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