Helping Our Heroes
by Nancy Kallitechnis, Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 11:21:53 AM EDT
They say that women pioneers inspire women and girls to succeed, but they help men and boys too. It is men who have most of the powerful jobs and it is often men who decide whether to hire a woman VP, CEO, astronaut, etc. Will men use that power for good by hiring a qualified woman or will they continue sexism by not hiring available qualified women? Female pioneers help men see that women can do the job and once men see that women are capable, theyre more likely to hire women for those jobs. For example, John McCain saw that Gov. Sarah Palin was a great governor who had improved the economy, improved ethics in government, and strengthened our national security by promoting energy independence through drilling and the gas pipeline, so he hired her which greatly benefited women and girls as well as our country. *edited paragraph 10/31/08
Kathryn Cullen-Du Pont asked astronaut Eileen Collins, "You've carried women's history memorabilia into space. Can you tell me a bit about this and your appreciation of the women who've gone before you?"
Collins replied, "Women flew and it wasn't something that was expected out of women. ...Bobbie Trout is a famous aviator from years ago--I flew her pilot's license on my first flight [into space]..."
After listing memorabilia she flew through space to honor flying women Collins stated, "They made a contribution, all these women did really great jobs, and you know, one barrier after another has fallen as the decades have gone by, and the reason that the barriers have come down is because the system, which is primarily male, would look up and say, "Hey, these women can really do the job, so why would we restrict them." So I always make it a point to acknowledge the women who flew before me, and were in the military before me, because their contributions have allowed my generation to have the opportunities that we have, and if they had not done the things that they did, I don't think women would have these opportunities today.
That is why women pioneers are so important. We need their example to convince people to hire us. When you help a woman pioneer you are helping all 3 billion women and girls. They need our support because women and girls are the most oppressed group in the world in terms of numbers and degree of harm inflicted on us by sexism. So they need us and we need them.
Unfortunately, historians, journalists, media, etc. sometimes distort women pioneer's accomplishments, to make it seem they did less. We must see past that curtain they place before our eyes. The first step is to recognize a pioneer. The second step is to help her. And the third step is to enjoy women's progress!
There are numerous ways we enjoy women's progress. For example, when Germans voted for Angela Merkel as their first Chancellor they reaped the rewards of a better economy. When the Olympics allowed women to compete, girls became more proud of their country and prouder of being girls. When George Hitchings hired Gertrude Elion at Burroughs-Wellcome pharmaceutical company she invented life-improving and life-saving drugs for men and women. It would be so much better if women had equality with men because we would be richer, happier, more peaceful. That's why I help the brave women pioneers. And now a word from soccer pioneer Brandi Chastain:
*Please note: Many of my reply posts have been hidden. All my replies were polite and on topic so I presume I was censored because people wanted to hide information they didn't want readers to know about. When I wrote my Sep 27, 2008 diary about ten of my replies were hidden which ended the conversation I was having with people so I decided I will no longer reply to comments on my diaries until this web site is changed to allow people's posts to be viewed by everyone. You can reply to this diary on my blog: http://journaloffeministinsight.blogspot