In a blog entry at News One, Tamika Mallory urges women to push back against all of the negative messaging and stereotyping of women that has occurred during Women's History Month. She argues that women have come too far to allow themselves to be trampled upon by the likes of Rush Limbaugh or Too Short.
March is synonymous with Women's History Month. It's something we’re all very aware of and something which we openly recognize and celebrate. But during a month in which the extraordinary accomplishments of females should be honored, we're finding a virtual war on women instead. From a Governor proposing required "vaginal exams" to restraints on access to birth control and Rush Limbaugh's vile comments, attacks on women and our liberties have reached disturbing new levels.
And it's not just conservatives either. Just last month, rapper Too Short delivered a recorded video message to young middle school boys on 'how to turn girls out.' It's a sad state of affairs, and as the Mothers, sisters, and wives who make up the majority of our population, we're just not going to tolerate it anymore.
Growing up, I was surrounded by strong women who taught me the value of getting an education, having a voice, and establishing myself in the world. Most of us learned great lessons of how remarkable females pushed the envelope to secure equal access in society on so many levels. But when I studied the women's movement, I would have never guessed that we’d be here today, at a point where all of these gains would be under attack. Didn't we squash many of these issues 50+ years ago? Am I dreaming, or is this not 2012?
Read Tamika Mallory's entire blog entry at News One.