Dear girls who think being a woman holds them back, I think your argument is invalid.

I believe, there is a common misconception that men have the upper hand in business, politics, and life in general. Wrong. Men and women are both great assets in organizations worldwide. After all, the famous Margaret Thatcher once said, “In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” So why do some women still claim women do not get enough recognition these days?

Sorry to burst your bubble, but your gender does not define how successful you will become. The situations some women place themselves in is the sole reason why they feel “degraded” by men. If you major in women’s studies rather than business, I can see why you might have a harder time finding a job in the business world or anywhere else. In fact, it is actually common sense. How can you be of any value to a finance company if the only numbers you have ever worked with were ones counting how many flaws the guy next door had?

Some women need to learn how to sell themselves, and not in a provocative way. Being successful requires a lot of early mornings and up all nighters. It requires stressful days and tough decisions. If you only put in half of the effort, you cannot complain when you only receive half of the results. What makes a woman truly worthy of the success she receives is the ability to keep struggling until she can reach her ultimate goal.

Being a woman is a true honor. Take Phyllis Schlafly for example. Schlafly is an American constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, author, and founder of the Eagle Forum. She opposed modern feminism and led a successful campaign against the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The tremendous amount of backlash that Schlafly faced during her career never stopped her from believing in herself and other women. She also didn’t let vast majority of men surrounding her deter her from accomplishing her goals. If Phyllis Schlafly can achieve this much success being a woman in the 70s and 80s, I know a woman can become a CEO of a company in 2016 without hesitation. As Schlafly once stated, “The United States is a giant island of freedom, achievement, wealth and prosperity in a world hostile to our values.” The United States is one of the few places that supports men and women; so do not let your gender, or others opinions on gender, get in the way of your success.

Women are strong, intelligent, and hardworking–but so are men. So the next time you believe that women are treated as inferior, stop and think; is she as determined, passionate, and energetic as he is in the workplace? My advice to you: stop complaining, stop saying you are oppressed, and put yourself to work.

“She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.” –Beau Taplin

Sydney H
FFL Contributor
Sydney is a Poli Sci obsessed southern girl, who wishes RomneyRyan2012 had actually happened. She's a lover of the outdoors and all things red, white, and blue. If she isn't at work or school, you can most likely find her at home taking a nap (for 3 hours).

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