Tabitha Barr

March is dedicated to one of the most important national holidays there is. National Women’s Month gives us a chance to show off what empowering females have accomplished throughout history, and what we can do in the future.

Through history, we see how women fought for rights to be equal to men. It’s still a prominent issue, but we have come far. Because of women who came before me, who paved a road to equality, I can now vote, work and live like any other man.

Not even 100 years ago, women were still fighting against the sexist stereotype of being the “stay-at-home” mom who cooks, cleans and takes care of the children. We can see this by watching any older TV show or movie where the wife is the preparer while the husband is the worker.

Fortunately, nowadays, both the wife and husband can be the workers and the home keepers. Life is an equal opportunity for both men and women, and I’m glad that we are finally getting there.

For National Women’s Month, I wanted to write about a woman who has struck a chord in the women’s movement, and who has influenced me. I have been following her since I can remember, because she was in a show I watched as a little kid, who could be women in society while also kicking butt.

Alyssa Milano played Phoebe in the TV show “Charmed” and her successful career continued on after. She is now a political and personal activist who has started the conversation on many topics.

She has been very outspoken about the Women’s March, and how there needs to be equal opportunity in the workplace, and just all around in life. There was an episode in “Charmed” when she protested for females. It was based on the principle of breastfeeding in public, and she used Lady Godiva as her inspiration. A little crazy, yes, but it made a bold statement.

However, her monologue was even more powerful. It ended with, “it’s a shame that women have to take off their clothes to be heard. We shouldn’t have to be exploited like this.”

That’s probably one of my favorite episodes, because it goes through a situation that many women face. And Milano perfectly portrayed her character’s emotions because, in-truth, they were her own.

Today, she is still vocal about situations and events that happen in society. She was a huge advocate for the #MeToo movement when Brett Kavanaugh was being questioned about his conduct. She was actually at the hearings and spoke to the public on how Christine Ford’s testimony showed true courage, and that if we all stand together, women can be heard.

Milano inspires me because of how spoken she is in today’s society. She is one of many women who are standing up for present and future females so we can be seen as equals and treated as such.

“I am not going anywhere. I will not allow you to take feminism from me, from the women I love, from my young daughter. We can rebuild together. We can partner. We can learn. We can make the strongest feminist movement in history. We can do anything if we do it together. The only thing stopping us is the hate. You must confront it within you before we can confront it in America.”

Learn, stand, and speak out. This month empowers and brings us together.

We are strong.

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