Column: Growing importance of females

March celebrates Women’s History Month

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Alexandra Canizales

"Women’s roles in the workforce, government and positions of power are now being praised instead of being criticized immensely."

“The future is female” is a slogan used on social media, talk shows, posters and museums. It’s a statement I believe to be true but it’s an ever-changing idea. Achievements made by women are made possible by those before us and those who choose to dedicate their time to advancing today’s opportunities.

Women’s roles in the workforce, government and positions of power are now being praised instead of being criticized immensely. It’s not that women weren’t able to be successful in these positions before, but women are now appreciated and recognized for these roles.

Women claim their territories and make their marks in career fields dominated by men. The importance of having female opinions continues to grow year by year. Powerful and influential women including athletes, actresses, philosophers and activists use their platforms to voice their opinions.

Power comes at any age. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is currently the youngest woman, at the age of 30, to serve in Congress. Ocasio-Cortez is often mentioned on social media and talk shows for using her voice for what she believes is right such as social and economic justice issues. Another young woman who is making a difference is 20-year-old Parkland shooting survivor and activist Emma Gonzalez. Gonzalez focuses on advocating for gun control. Gonzalez has been recognized by major publications and has been quoted to be “leading a revolution.” 

In 2014, women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17. Yousafzai embodies what it means to voice beliefs in despite the consequences. Since then, she has used her influence to campaign for girls’ education and rights.

Female characters in film and TV now focus on achieving goals other than the love of a man. It’s important to have a variety of genres for everyone because movies are able to inspire and educate. Popular films like “Hidden Figures” feature important women and their achievements that created a lasting impact on society and inspired young girls.

In 2018, Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman took the opportunity during her Oscar presentation to call out the ‘all-male’ directing nominees. Her words sparked conversation on social media platforms with other female celebrities praising Portman and agreed that several female directors deserved recognition. Portman decided to voice her input in favor of talented women who did not receive the same acknowledgment.

We all know women in our lives who have impacted our character and influenced us greatly. It could be a mom, aunt, friend’s mom, teacher, administrator or sister. No rule exists about who the woman is, but she exists. More than likely she was influenced by another powerful woman before her.

We should be thankful to be surrounded by strong, independent women in our everyday lives and women who are making a difference in politics and media culture. To be inspired and act upon inspiration is one of the amazing opportunities women can excel in.

The 21st century has showcased intelligent and talented women who continue to strive for positive conditions all throughout the world. Those who inspire us now leave a legacies to inspire young girls of the future. The next generation will be able to achieve its goals because they are able and willing. The future looks promising and successful for women across the world.