Senior News Editor
What does it really mean to be a woman?
When it comes to defining this term, there are positive and negative implications in association with women and how they are portrayed.
Some people think of beauty and intelligence, while others might think of weakness and inferiority.
These opinions can come from how people were raised and also by societal influences that have swayed their views and beliefs.
For decades women have faced discrimination in the workplace and have been burdened with the belief that men are superior to women.
Women still face a lot of discrimination today, despite the measures that have been taken to put them on a level playing field with men. Although men and women are equal in many ways, there still is that lingering concept that women are inferior to men.
Most women might not be as physically strong as men, but they are equal in terms of capability.
The documentary called “Makers” is something I feel all men and women should take the time to watch. It gives a thorough account of some of the women who “made” America and asserted their rights and have made a positive impact on this nation in terms of equality for women over the years.
These “makers” tell the story of breaking the mold of being traditional homemakers and how they have opened avenues for development in all areas of society and the workplace for women.
Some of these women, including Gloria Steinem, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ellen Degeneres and Hillary Clinton, have participated in the different decades of the women’s movement and have campaigned for women’s rights and the opportunities that we are able to experience today.
Without women like these and their efforts, we wouldn’t be able to take advantage of simple things such as a women becoming the CEO of a company.
In the documentary, Steinem said the most common reaction to the women’s movement was ridicule and it took a long time for it to be taken seriously enough to be opposed.
This didn’t stop these “makers” from their tireless efforts as activists. They had the drive and determination to prove to society that women are equal to men.
In addition to the disapproving attitude most men had for the movement, even some women discredited the feminist movement in the 1960s when Betty Friedan wrote a book titled “The Feminine Mystique.” This book discusses the lives of many homemakers throughout the country who were not satisfied with their traditional roles as wives and mothers.
Some women saw this as a slap in the face because they were content with their traditional roles while others saw it as an opening to do something more with their lives, knowing they weren’t the only women dissatisfied with their current situation.
This book sparked a new wave of women’s rights and helped propel the crusade for the movement.
Watching this documentary helped me realize that part of my role as a woman, and for all women, is to be a “maker.” Every woman has the potential to make an impact on this nation whether it’s large or small by the way we live our lives. We can’t just live our lives idly if we want change.
These “makers” have blazed the trail for us and we must continue the effort with one thing in mind: to act now.
Molly Bowman is a junior journalism major from Shreveport who serves as senior news editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to mmb...@latech.edu.