Today August 26th is Women’s Equality Day and while we have a ways to go still, it sure is nice to know we are here now!
The movement towards gender equality began some time in the late 19th century. It would mean the right to vote and make decisions by being selected for elected office. This was a huge deal!
Women were treated as inferior and they were excluded from taking part in areas related to politics, education and some professions. Young women today may not realize how ‘not too long ago’ this was. Some decades ago, the home was built by man and woman working together – the man farming and the woman doing “domestic tasks”. It would be hard to have a well functioning home without their harmonious effort.
This was of course when family farms were the way to provide and produce – before the industrialization of products and services. This meant that clothes and food preservation that women worked on in the home were becoming more and more available for purchase instead of being made at home. It was assumed that women could not handle the pressures of the outside world – that they were best placed where they can raise children and take good care of their men.
When they did work, they were getting paid just about half the value of what a man was paid. Although nowadays women are paid more than half of what men are paid, it still doesn’t really mean full equality. However, we can say women have definitely come a long way!
There was a time many moons ago where a woman could not even dream of running for presidency. So many women have lit the way for young women making tiny steps that evolved into huge leaps.
While there is still quite the mile to run, it sure is easier and less traumatic. The world continues to evolve as equality takes shape across the globe in so many more ways than before.
Serve The Goddess celebrates women who walked before this time – who paved the paths and made the flow more easy to follow.
We celebrate this at our Goddess Retreats as well.
Our retreats nurture the empowerment of women which builds a sisterhood foundation so that we can continue to light the path for others to come.
Who are the women who have done that for you? Who are the women who have lit the way and made your life a little or a lot better?
Don’t forget them – tell them thanks and treat them well. It could mean a lunch, a movie or a massage – something that tells them you are thankful for the efforts they made in their lifetime that has ignited the light to guide you along yours.
Our future is grand, don’t be afraid to stop and stare. You’ve come a long way!