While the 2016 presidential election has left many in favor of progress and equal rights with a bad taste on our collective tongues, the truth is that we, as women, are still closer than ever before to breaking the once formidable glass ceiling.
As Senator Clinton so eloquently put it in her concession speech, “To all the little girls watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.”
And no matter what odds may stand in our way, our power still rings true. Take the simple fact that we had not one, but two women running in our presidential election. In addition to this, we now have our first Latina to be voted into US Senate, the first Somalian-American Muslim woman legislator, the first openly bisexual female governor, the first Indian-American senator and the first Thai-American senator. This is not a small victory. This is feminism in action.
In 1950, only 5.2% of women had college degrees. Now, female college graduates have increased by over 6 times that amount. Last year, women overtook men in earning college degrees for the first time in history. And with a number of the top companies in the world having female CEOs and COOs, it’s never been a better time to be a girl.
Even primarily untapped fields for women are now being permeated. Thanks to a long list of companies offering free coding classes, such as Girls Who Code(a non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology), and Google (who committed $50 million to encourage girls to code), the young women of today are being spurred to become the leaders of tomorrow, in areas, like (my personal favorite) tech, which were previously and drastically dominated by men.
While change may falter at times, and each piece may not always align, now that it has truly begun, we cannot let it be stopped. Even during this time of division within our country, girls should remember to stand united, and keep in mind another of Senator Clinton’s inspiring quotes, “I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.”
Now is the time we must love each other better and come together to support the people and groups who need it most. Now we must act locally to have a global impact. Here’s to girl bosses uniting together to define our future and make positive changes for the world.