It’s finally March, and that means Women’s History Month is upon us. It’s so important to have this time to recognize and honor the contributions that women have made to our society. We get a whole month, just for us women! Join us in this celebration of so many amazing womens’ legacies, and make sure you exclude the narratives of the non-white ones!
From the dawn of our beautiful nation, and by that of course we mean from when white people started living here, women have held a critical and necessary role in shaping our culture. White ones, specifically. Sure, Indigenous women were forced to teach their colonizers how to live off the land they just pulled up to unprepared and unwashed, and Sacagawea literally saved the lives of Lewis and Clark. But Betsy Ross sewed a flag and basically single-handedly won the Revolutionary War so let’s focus on that, you know? Talk about an OG girlboss!
Even in our country’s darkest days, there were white women who were accomplishing unbelievable things. Louisa May Alcott was writing literature that we still read today when other white women were simply owning slaves! And while Harriet Tubman was traveling thousands of miles back and forth from the South to the North to free people from bondage under the shield of the night by following a constellation and Sojourner Truth was escaping slavery and speaking at the Women’s Rights Convention, neither of them wrote Little Women and that’s more of what we wanna concentrate on right now. White women rule!
When it came time to fight for women’s rights, including the right to vote, there were too many astounding white women to even name! Our favorite is Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who also left out women of color from her activism. She’s the reason why our exclusionary feminism can thrive today. Thanks, Queen!
Women have done truly awe-inspiring things in our country’s history, mainly the white ones. From Amelia Earhart to Margaret Sanger to Debra Messing, white women specifically have accomplished feats that have not received their fair dues in our history books. Other women have too, but somebody else can celebrate them. Do white women have to do everything? Jeez!