Making Our Currency Representative

Making Our Currency Representative

I ran across an interesting 501c3 nonprofit the other day called Women on 20s, which aims to create a people’s mandate to get a woman on the twenty dollar bill by 2020, which would be the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. The organization is spreading awareness on every major social media platform and is encouraging website visitors to vote on who they would like to see on the twenty dollar bill.

So why the twenty dollar bill? The reason this bill was chosen is interesting. First off, everyone uses twenty dollar bills, which means there will actually be usage of currency that has a woman’s face on it (referring to the Susan B. Anthony dollar and Sacagawea coin of recent years). The second reason is that among any current currency face holder, Andrew Jackson is the most controversial. Jackson has been cited recently as having been a fierce opponent of the central banking system, instead favoring gold and silver coin to paper currency. Also, Jackson was a key player politically in the horrendous Trail of Tears, which resulted in the death of thousands of Native Americans.

With women’s rights continually gaining traction, especially with support of President Obama and his administration, this idea of putting a woman on currency has a real chance of happening. A country’s currency says what we value as a nation, and right now it is saying we value the accomplishments of white men who came before us more than any other class of people.

Currently, a movement just north of us in Canada is trying to do the same thing. In 2011, the Bank of Canada cancelled plans to display images of famous women activists on their $50 bill. Right now, a petition calling for this again has 48,000 signatures on it, including the signature of famous author Margaret Atwood. A website, womenonbanknotes.ca allows you to add images of famous Canadian women to bank notes and post them to social media, thus furthering awareness for the issue.

If we are going to continually saying that women are equal to men in this country, it is time that they are treated as such. Even though we can’t agree to pay women the same as men, or cover birth control on health insurance the same way as Viagra is, we can take this very small step of putting one woman on our paper currency. That is not very much to ask for. To quote famous American feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem, “Women have always been an equal part of the past. They just haven’t been part of history.”

Standing Together

Standing Together

Before I delve into my beliefs on the power of everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, age, socioeconomic status, religion, and more, standing together, I would like to note that I understand that not everyone identifies as a man or a woman. This blog makes some generalizations but for the sake of saving my words, I digress.

I’ve always been a guys’ girl. My whole life, it’s been easier for me to be friends with boys than girls and as I’ve gotten older that has become increasingly true. I have found myself with more male friends than female friends and closer friendships at that. I’m not sure why this is, but this sentiment has taught me about the power in a true male-female balance, and has shown me that when men and women work together, great things can happen.

There are generalizations about both men and women that seem to be relatively true. A Psychology Today article entitled “Brain Differences Between Genders” points out several of these differences. The most notable is that it is part of a woman’s nature to be concerned about the feelings of the people around her, due in part to a larger hippocampus, much more so than it is part of a man’s nature. Women are also able to, according to the article, move from task to task more quickly and multitask more effectively than men, whereas men thrive in focusing on one specific task. The combination of specialized thought and lack of concern for others might explain why men are more likely to fight to the top of the corporate ladder than women. However, a world that lacks emotional attachment and deep, contemplative thought is lacking, and that is where we really, really need female leaders. Women know that they can be powerful, incredible leaders. They are aware they possess the skills and insight to move the world forward. Now, we need men to join us.

While the number of female Fortune 500 CEOs is up to 24, the highest it has ever been, 95.2% of these companies are still run by men. That’s 476 men that have a huge global impact that could look to women for a more balanced work force. If those men made the push for equal pay for women, children and families would live in a better world. If these men, and all men, stood beside women, we can make big steps forward in other areas by combining our skills, perspectives and brain-power. A world where men and women stand together instead of against each other is a world where we can make great progress.

A Woman’s Confidence Is True Beauty

A Woman’s Confidence Is True Beauty

It all comes down to jealously. When women let other women tear them down based on looks, achievements, or anything in between, it will always come back to how they wish they could be more like someone else. Well, no one ever said that you have to dress, act, or be a certain way in order to gain success. The only way to truly to be happy and have control of your life is to be yourself.

Do not compare yourself to anyone else because there’s only one you. In today’s society there is so much pressure to be something that we are not, especially for us young women. The ads shown in magazines and all over the media have unrealistic models (most likely Photo Shopped) to sell their brands. These images are ones that women aspire to be, but the reality of it is, no one looks like that, not even the models in the pictures. These images that are fed to us just adds to insecurities that women already have every day. Even going to work can become a best-dressed competition.

I feel that the best way to push all of the confidence issues aside is to become more positive when it comes to other women. Do not let the little things get to you. Instead of letting the negative thoughts bottle up in your mind about how you wish you could fit into that dress, or how you wish you could be more personable, speak up in a positive way. Next time you see a woman in a nice outfit, compliment her sincerely on it to show her your confident. You will feel good about yourself and you can feel good about others that may have made you upset if you let them get to you. A woman’s most beautiful attribute is her confident. Without having a sense of self worth and independence, you will become weak and that is when others can get you when you’re down.

Be proud of who you are and where you came from. We all have our own story, and chances are you have worked really hard to make it to where you are now. So why waste your time letting others get you down? Women have already come so far within the work place, and we should be proud of each other, not jealous. We need to continue to send a positive message to the youth, and motivate them to continue the path of gender equality. Whenever you feel yourself start to stray, remember to not compare yourself to others, and be comfortable in your own skin.