“History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own” – Michelle Obama
I won’t lie to you, history can be boring. I get it. Spending what seemed to be endless hours in a classroom learning about dead people, it isn’t surprising that many of us refuse to spend our free time reading up on our history. Well, I’m here to tell you why it’s super important for us to know why we are here today, doing the things we do.
It’s Women’s History Month aka let’s celebrate the AWESOME women who came before us and the women who continue to pave the way for us, the next generation. This year has seen a redefinition of what it means to be a woman with things such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. Women are now seen as survivors and warriors; instead of the traditional view of meek, demure and silent.
Now, I know many of you are probably wondering “omg why are they posting so many videos of dead people?!” or even thinking “I really don’t care about this” & that’s fair. But the truth is, for us to really understand what it means to be a woman in 2018, we have to take a look at women before us who continued to fight despite the odds being stacked against them. Sadly though, what we’ll find is that, many women are still fighting an ongoing battle that began hundreds of years ago.
Society tries to show us that as time moves, so does everything else; and in some cases, this is true. Especially if we look at architecture, fashion and even food. But when it comes to recognising a woman for her contribution, we can spend days, weeks, months or even years deciding on whether it’s ‘okay’ to do so.
& this, my friends, is the problem. In 2018, there’s still a reluctance to shed light on inspiring women who contribute so much to our society. So what happens, they are pushed to the side, where they don’t have to be dealt with.
The Blue Plaques posted on our pages are more than just your average posts. They serve as a constant reminder that these remarkable women did the impossible; they made it VERY DIFFICULT for anyone to ignore them! In the same way, we aim to shed light on the heroines of today. To show that these women are always there, making a way for us to build a better, brighter future for ourselves and those after us.
You see, history gives us hope in a way that can’t be put into words. History allows us to measure how much progress is REALLY being made; and it allows us to make efforts in righting the continuous wrongs. It may be boring and you may think that it has nothing to do with you. But on the contrary, it has EVERYTHING to do with you!
Let’s use this Women’s History Month to celebrate the women who fight selflessly for a better future!
By Folayemi Olorunselu