We are pleased to share guest posts by local Rochester community members throughout Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month was never actually a thing for me until 2016. It wasn’t until I felt a deep betrayal by the nation that I loved deeply when it elected a man who openly reduced women to sexual objects, that I realized I needed to wake up and protect the sanctity of being female. I was suddenly terrified, I was raising a daughter and son, and I would be damned if either one of them grew up in a household, let alone a society where women are reduced to less than. This began my journey to celebrate Women’s History Month all year long.
I started my own exploration of the topic by attending community events centered around diverse women and listening deeply to the knowledge that was shared. I started venturing into spaces that hosted women who were immigrants, refugees, women of color, LGBTQ women, women in Science, Technology, and Math. I quickly learned about the perils of being a cis, white, woman on this journey and learned to listen rather than speak when in these spaces.
As I gained more confidence unpacking women’s history and intersectional feminism, I began to synthesize my new knowledge into conversations with my husband about how we would raise our children. We sought out community events that would empower both my daughter and son to embrace feminism. We joined activities that amplified the voices of women of color in order to introduce broader perspectives and experiences. We moved to introducing and using language in our household that praises women for their intelligence and creativity rather than their appearance.
Our children are the future, and the future is surely female.
Women’s History Month is so much more than a month. Women’s History surrounds us, and we often aren’t even aware that it is present. We all deserve a society where women’s accomplishments are encouraged, valued, and celebrated. We are responsible for teaching our children about intersectional feminism so that they may understand the experience of women in cultures other than their own. Our children are the future, and the future is surely female.
Kelly Lincoln is a Rochester, NY native. She is a graduate of the SUNY Brockport and Nazareth Collaborative program and has a Master’s degree in Social Work. She lives with her daughter, son, husband, and doggie. She enjoys running, reading, and traveling. One of her favorite hobbies is engaging in Monarch butterfly conservation.