It isn’t, however, a win for women when an all-woman spacewalk takes place for the sake of showmanship. It’s not inspiring to see women propped up on the world stage solely because they are women.
There is a stark difference between brave women who fought and earned rights and achievements throughout history, and the forced history of all-woman flight crews, spacewalks, and now debate moderator panels.
Nasa’s all-woman spacewalk took place on October 18th. While it may have been inspiring on a surface level, it reinforced the idea that women need help to achieve their goals, simply because they are women. This is not the message that should be on display for young women and girls.
Amelia Earhart was the first person to fly solo anywhere in the Pacific, and also the first person to fly solo in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Not just the first woman, but the first person.
She showed women that they were capable. She had no help, only hard work and an adventurous spirit.
Susan B. Anthony spent most of her life advocating for women’s suffrage. She traveled the country speaking in favor of women’s rights and risking arrest to obtain them. She died before the passage of the 19th Amendment, but there is no doubt that her work is what led to the movement’s success.
The reason these groundbreaking events in women’s history were inspiring was because they were earned against all odds.
The messaging that comes out of forcing all-woman events without regard for qualification or deservingness is “women are not capable of achieving this on their own.” It screams that women need an outside boost in order to be equal to their male counterparts.
Young women today are being told that they are oppressed, and that they must receive special treatment in order to be equal.
Essentially, they are taught to not believe in themselves, because they will never be good enough to defeat this “oppression.” When you’re told enough times that you need help to succeed, you start to believe it.
Buying into this idea of “oppression,” many women have been convinced that they are incapable of achievement on their own and must rely on an outside power to support them, whether that be the government, the Democratic Party, or both.
They fail to see the unraveling of progress that this reliance is causing. By believing that women need government in order to succeed, they submit to the idea that women are not equal or capable.
We should not accept these pandering performances as a victory, but rather as a sad acceptance that we cannot achieve these on their own. Because that’s the message it sends. It is forced “achievement,” if you can even call it that.
And because of the forced nature, it is not a valuable step for women in today’s society.
Until we realize that they do not need help to succeed, we will never be equal.
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