Women of Western: Kat’s Editorial

Women of Western: Kat’s Editorial

Hey everyone, it’s Eric. March marks Women’s History Month, and this week the Mustang is celebrating the prominent women of Western. However, as the editor of The Mustang, I’m going to take this opportunity to explain why I feel that ashfjbnawfoiuaubfuaasoiufhouisahfoiuasnsdnasjnbca

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Sorry babe. Hi, I’m Kat, and I’m the editor’s girlfriend. I’ve hijacked The Mustang and knocked my boyfriend unconscious so that I could take a moment and talk about Women’s History Month. First, a little about myself. I’m a Graphic Design major of Mexican and Italian descent and my interests include pop punk, exotic candy and dorky guys who edit newspapers.

I think it’s important to observe this month and take notice of all the various ways that women have helped shape our country and even our world. Too many times, women’s accomplishments have been swept under the rug, such as the women that were recently featured in the film Hidden Figures. Katherine Johnson and her team worked as mathematicians, and helped plot courses for many space missions, including Mercury 7, Apollo 11 and Apollo 13. This was in 1961 and Johnson wasn’t even recognized for her achievements until receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, fifty-four years later. She was a huge pioneer for women, for African-Americans and other minorities and for people hoping to work in STEM, and only now is she getting recognized.Whenever a woman does something that is useful, helpful or amazing, it shouldn’t be ignored. It’s almost as if we aren’t taken as seriously as men.

I once knew someone who claimed that women were subservient to men because they came from Adam’s rib. That is ridiculous. Women aren’t just meant to be seen as housewives, objects or beauty queens. They are capable of doing so much more than that. I feel like every time a woman tries doing something that isn’t related to house care or something that just isn’t “feminine,” people get offended by it. They get uncomfortable and it shouldn’t be that way.

If you know me, you know that I really like makeup. I follow some amazing makeup artists online (mainly women) and most of them work in mines or oil rigs, yet when they post a picture of themselves from work next to a picture of themselves with amazing makeup they get attacked for it. I don’t understand why they get attacked for it, it shouldn’t be that way. I feel like once a person sees a woman who is into makeup, they think that woman isn’t smart or capable of doing amazing things. They think they’re vapid idiots and only like to shop and nothing else. People need to stop assuming that women are incapable of doing all these amazing things, especially when they base these assumptions on things like appearance or “gender-roles.”

Lastly, I hate when women attack other women. Sometimes, I’ll be on Instagram and I’ll see one woman attacking another woman’s photo and being negative, simply because they don’t like something about that woman. I hate when I see this. Women should empower each other and not bring each other down.

Eric is starting to wake up again so I’m going to wrap this up. Women can do anything, history has shown this, even if it’s just barely starting to get recognized. We shouldn’t be confined to gender-roles based on our appearances or simply because we’re women. We should empower one another and raise each other up. We can’t move forward if we keep bringing each other down.

Thanks for reading everyone! I’ll see you later. Happy Women’s History Month!

-Love, Kat