3.21.2015

Women on 20s

I know that you are shocked to discover that I would be a staunch supporter of the Women on 20s movement with my strict following of traditional gender roles. (Sometimes sarcasm does not translate well through the blog so I can assure you that I am being facetious right now.)

Once upon a time, before the kids and the husband and the house and the dog and the church leadership positions and all of this respectability, I was a Doc wearing, overall-sporting, Patty Griffin-loving co-ed who pretty much sneered at any major of study that was considered female appropriate. Not much has changed, other than my realization as I got a little maturity under my belt that women can embrace a more traditional role and still be a staunch supporter of women's rights.

Because it is about choice. The choice to be a career woman, the choice to stay at home, the choice to be a hybrid and straddle both worlds as I do now. The choice to not be a mother at all if that is not your desire. To be the you that you want to be, not who your significant other or parents or society tells you that you should be. And damn it, when you are out there being the best you, you should be paid equal to your male counterparts.

The Women on 20s campaign is working to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a notable female from history by the year 2020. 2020 was picked specifically because it will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. To find out more and add your name to the petition, go to Women on 20s. March is Women's History Month. This is our opportunity to pay homage to the female trailblazers of our past while continuing their mission in the future.

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Have a wonderful weekend.

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