Women's History Month Reminds Us How Far We've Come

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Who runs the world? Girl, please, do you even need to ask? Women have been holding it down for each other at home and in the office for decades.

From Abigail Adams politely asking her husband, John, to "remember the ladies" when he was writing the constitution to Betty Freidan finally making public "the problem that has no name" — women have been demanding to be heard and seen as equals for as long as anyone can remember.

Until the 1970s, women in America could not: Get a credit card in their own name, be guaranteed job security if they were pregnant, or be admitted to an Ivy League school.

If you've been afforded any of these luxuries, or you're able to look around and say, "Hey, my life isn't so bad, why are all these ladies complaining?" then you owe a big thank you to the women who came before you. Without their tireless efforts, you wouldn't have the comfortable life you've become accustom to. You wouldn't argue for the same wage as your male counterparts. You wouldn't even be able to vote.

As we reflect on how far we've come, we must celebrate the women who worked to bring us here — and those who will take us to the next level. Record turnout of female voters, enormous nationwide marches, and a strong up-tick in women running for office have our future in very vocal, capable hands.

March is Women's History Month, and all month long here on Sapling, we'll be discussing what it means to be a woman in the workplace, how women spend and save money differently than men, and how we give thanks to all the strong females in our lives. Words combined with action are what make the difference, and we hope to inspire you to be a catalyst for change. To quote Tina Fey: "Don't waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you're the boss. Or they won't. Who cares? Do your thing, and don't care if they like it."