March is Women’s History Month, and I ask all women to forgive me for my ignorance because I was unaware this month was dedicated to the celebration of women’s history. There are many obstacles that women faced and continue to face in this country with regard to acceptance, position and respect.

By Gus Bode

This column is dedicated to all the women in the world who have opened doors of opportunity for others and continue to break barriers and set standards in this testosterone-dominated world. As a young man raised by his mother and sister, there is an ultimate respect that exists within me for all women. Yeah, I’m a momma’s boy and proud to say it because there is no greater love than the love between a mother and her child.

Respect for women is something that is often lost in this world of strip clubs and hip-hop videos, but believe me, women are the thread that keeps this world together.

There can be no celebration of women’s history month without mentioning Harriet Tubman. She helped establish the Underground Railroad, a system that helped to lead slaves to freedom during the 1800s. Tubman was personally responsible for leading more than 300 slaves to safety and freedom between 1850 and 1860.

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Freedom is something that civil rights activist Rosa Parks, born the year that Tubman died, cherished. Parks refused in December 1955 to give up her seat to a white passenger on the city bus in Birmingham, Ala. Her actions created a ripple effect that would be felt by all women of color. Parks was arrested and fined $14.

Parks’ protest of segregation led to a yearlong boycott on the bus system by blacks in Birmingham and brought about its desegregation. By then, Parks had lost her job and received several death threats. Her courageous actions have inspired many others.

I also celebrate politician Shirley Chisholm, who died Jan. 1 at age 80. Chisholm was the first black woman to serve in the U.S. Congress and the first woman, of any race, to seek a major party nomination for president of the United States. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 1968 from New York, where she ran with the slogan “Fighting Shirley Chisholm – Unbought and Unbossed” and ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972 but continued to serve in the House until 1982.

In addition there are many other women, of all races, who have influenced culture, politics and life in general. But I’ll mention just two significant moments and women in history:In 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, allowing women to vote in federal elections, and just weeks ago Condoleezza Rice became the first African-American woman to be appointed secretary of state.

In the celebration of Women’s History Month, I salute every woman that has educated, inspired, influenced and assisted me in my development as a man. Be real, Be you, BMoore.

Brandon is a graduate student studying professional media practice. Outspoken and Underheard appears every Thursday. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the Daily Egyptian.

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