I have never been more proud to be a woman in this generation. We have fought tirelessly throughout the years and for the first time, I got to see the magic we created. Many breakthroughs and achievements have happened and this is only the beginning. Let me walk you through the greatness.
Times Up Movement
We all remember this. It was a global phenomenon that expanded to 196 countries. This highlighted the obstacles women faced in their everyday lives, both professionally and personally.
It all started with the #MeToo movement and focusing on sexual harassment, which is a topic women didn’t really open up about before. The Harvey Weinstein case was all it took for women to take a step back and say enough is enough. I have never seen anything more beautiful than women banding together to form a community of survivors.
This was something bigger and when all the female celebrities showed up to the Golden Globes wearing black for support, we knew this was here to stay and grow.
Women faced sexual harassment all the time and it was mainly in the workplace where they knew they didn’t have a voice. This is where the Times Up movement began. It was to make human beings feel safe and comforted in order to live a healthy life. Women, no matter the race, should not feel unequal to men and think they have to comply because “he is the boss.”
Laws and policy changes were enforced. Issues such as equal pay and increased opportunities for all women was focused on because this was the root of the problem. The Times Up Legal Defense Fund was set up to support these goals in passing the policies. This funding was successful, collecting $21 million in just two months.
- Jeanette Epps was the first African-American space-crew member. She made her maiden spaceflight in May 2018
- A day after President Trump’s inauguration, an estimated 3.2 to 5.2 million people in 600 cities nationwide took part in the Women’s March, making it the ultimate display of girl power
- Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, five years after it was allowed, and ran it again 50 years later.
- Lena Waithe is the first black woman to win a comedy-writing Emmy
What This Means For Me
I feel empowered to live through a time like this. These years are the time for women to fully make their way into the world. This wasn’t just a movement for me, it will be a revolution spread across pages of history books for my children to see. And I got to witness it all while also participating in the fight.
After seeing women making so many achievements, it makes me want to work harder in what I do. I’ve never had so much motivation to be successful and do good work. But now, I do because I am a woman and I can accomplish anything. And the best part, I have a pack of fierce, strong goddesses holding me up so I don’t fall back down.0
Also published on Medium.