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Unconquerable Warriors

In 1930, Frances Marion was the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the movie, The Big House. In 1984, Barbara Streisand became the first woman to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Director for Yentl. In 1918, Sara Teasdale was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her work Love Songs. In 1910, Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to receive a pilot’s license. The following year, Lilian Bland became the first woman in the world to design, build and fly an aircraft. The year 1915 saw Marie Marvingt become the first woman to fly a fighter plane in combat. On June 16, 1963, Valentina Tershkova became the first woman in space. In 1608, Juliana Morell became the first woman to earn a doctorate degree. Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. [1]

You see, women have been breaking the proverbial “glass ceiling” for quite some time.

On November 9, 2016, Time Magazine published an article written by Charlotte Alter entitled, “Hillary Clinton Collides Again with Highest Glass Ceiling.” Alter began her article like this, “It turns out the glass ceiling is reinforced with steel beams. The glass-walled Javits Center in Manhattan, where Hillary Clinton had planned to give a victory speech Tuesday night under a transparent ceiling, turned instead to a scene of despair as Donald Trump won state after state and the crowd slowly realized that that highest, hardest ceiling would not break after all, not this time anyway.” [2] I did not vote for Hillary Clinton, and though the past few months have not gone like I thought they would, I do not wish that I did. I disagree with Secretary Clinton on a lot of things both politically and personally. She does not represent me as a woman. Alter went on in her article to discuss the “stench of sexism” potentially playing a role in her loss. While I understand demographics of voters, and I understand that President Trump received a large percentage of the white voters from rural areas, I’m not entirely sure her gender is the entire, or even biggest, reason Hillary Clinton did not become the 45th President of the United States of America.

I think the paragraph that stood out to me the most in Alter’s article was the following, “If Clinton had won, her gender would have defined her victory as a historic moment. But her gender is no less significant in defeat. If a Clinton victory would have signified that America is ready for a woman President, a defeat may be a good sign as any that we’re not ready for glass-breaking yet.” [2] With all due respect Ms. Alter, our nation was not waiting on Hillary Clinton to break the glass ceiling. Women have been breaking that proverbial glass ceiling for many decades now and perhaps the fault lies in all of us for not lifting those women up more and giving them the respect they deserve. America is just as ready for a female President as we have been ready for every other “glass ceiling” that women have been breaking since long before our time.

I’m not entirely sure our problem in this country is that we have not elected a woman to be President of the United States of America. Perhaps our problem is more along the lines that we like to belittle successful women because we disagree with them, or because we limit ourselves as a nation by saying the glass ceiling has not been broken. That glass ceiling is not reinforced with steel beams keeping a woman out of the highest political office in this country. That glass ceiling is reinforced with the steel beams of men and women alike not supporting women and applauding their successes for whatever reason we deem plausible; looks, wealth, religion, accents, political parties or sexual orientations.

wonder womanThe latest recreation of Wonder Woman debuted on June 2, 2017. Diana, princess of the Amazons, has been trained in the movie to be an “unconquerable warrior.” And maybe that’s just it folks. Maybe we need to be busier raising little girls to believe that there is no glass ceiling holding them back from achieving any goals they may have instead of teaching them to bash, fat sham, slut shame or degrade women who are breaking glass ceilings every day. Perhaps if we spent more time raising, teaching, leading and encouraging “unconquerable warriors” instead of showing a generation of little girls if you disagree with someone you can simply berate them and diminish their accomplishments. In the movie, Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot’s character Princess Diana said, “I used to want to save the world, to end war and bring peace to mankind.”

How many little girls today are squashing their dreams because of the fear they face in achieving their goals? They aren’t born scared to try, but they become scared to endure the hell we put women through who are successful. How many little girls today dream of “saving the world” and maybe even of running for President but see the constant attacks on social media and television of women who are trying to do just that already? Wonder Woman was right, there is a “darkness that lives within their light.” And that darkness today is the mentality that if you don’t see eye to eye with someone, or someone doesn’t look like you, or love like you, or talk like you, that you can tear them to shreds and belittle every step they take.

I know it’s a lot easier to spend your time on Twitter bashing women you don’t like, but how about joining the fight for young girls to become “unconquerable warriors” instead of scaring their dreams out of them with your insults?

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_women%27s_firsts

[2] http://time.com/4564142/hillary-clinton-gender/