We hear all throughout our lives that “All men are created equal.” What about women? I have to say that when I was a young girl I questioned this statement, my question being: “Mom why doesn’t it say All People Are Created Equal?” She didn’t have an answer.
Women have been rising up in so many ways. Consider this ladies and gentlemen ( if there are any of you reading this).
- It wasn’t until August 1920 that the United States Constitution granted women the right to vote.
- Women couldn’t work until after the year 1920 and at that time a woman’s pay was much lower than that of a mans.
- John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
- 2016 and this is the first year we had a woman running for president that actually made it to the finals.
It is time to break the chains of gender roles because your gender isn’t the only thing that defines you. Women are now publicly recognized as equals to men in many ways but what about in the home? It is not simply a females role to be the housekeeper and maid. My mother became a widow while I was still in the womb while raising 4 little ones. She had to fill both sets of shoes no matter what, going to work, cooking, cleaning, appointments, sports, after school specials and the icing on the cake.
In households with both parents, I noticed specific roles delegated to the Mother or Father simply because of their sex and it confused me because my Mom changed the tires on the car, checked the oil, then made meatloaf and dessert. I am thankful to have been raised seeing that because now I can share it with you. Beyonce said it best “All the women who are independent, throw your hands up at me.” It is good to know how to take care of yourself and everything else, learn how to do your own oil change, fix the washer, get your hands dirty. Remember, it is also good for your men whether they are young or not that they can do laundry, cook, sew, and bake.