It’s Women’s History month, so I began to wonder, what women of history are we oblivious? At the Watermark Conference in Silicon Valley, I was inspired by women in recent history, including Madeleine Albright and Condoleeza Rice; two women who have made, and continue to make their mark in history as former Secretaries of State.
As I sat in the theater with anticipation, I feel I’m about to view something historic, a movie about 3 women, 3 black women in a white world, a white man’s world. As I watched “Hidden Figures” I was happily surprised that I began to empathize, then identify with these courageous women, on a female level. Through their efforts there was a new movement formed, quietly and confidently.
As a gender, women have been left out of history books for decades if not longer. When an entire group (this happens with others as well) is ignored from history it has an impact. Women are 50% or more of the population, so how did this happen? In a man’s world, women without recognition, were left behind without role models and made to feel insignificant (it’s subtle and insidious). Women, as they usually do, kept moving forward however they could.
Armed with this information, I started thinking what kind of history, big or small, do I want to make? What kind of legacy do I want to leave?
What kind of history do you want to make?
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