It is officially March. It is officially Women's History Month. A month to celebrate the women we know who have broken many barriers and glass ceilings during their life. A month to remember that sexism is real today, a month to remember that women fight a battle every day to say "we matter too". A month where many celebrities, corporations, and citizens alike are taking a stand on behalf of women, and I am proud to say that Brawny is the latest to join in on the battle by letting us all know that #StrengthHasNoGender.
For this campaign, Brawny has replaced the Brawny Man with Brawny Women for the month of March. Each featured woman on their packaging has broken many barriers during their lifetime. From the first African-American female naval aviator in the Marine Corps to first woman to graduate from Columbia College, these Brawny Women have shown that strength truly has no gender. Their stores are heart-wrenching in the most beautiful of ways, and you can watch them all here. But today, I want to talk about the ways in which all women prove that strength has no gender every single day.
On average, women are smarter than men.
About 60 percent of college graduates are currently women, and more of us have advanced degrees then men do. But, it isn't all about education. Women also have higher IQs than men do, and the highest recorded IQ ever was from a woman, Marilyn vos Savant. Also, our smarts are probably the reason women are safer drivers (yes we are actually better drivers).
Our bodies are actually tougher than mens'.
Women actually have tougher immune systems than men (and we all know they complain a lot less than their male counterparts when they do get sick). Additionally, our periods act as natural cleansers for our body, which helps us age a little slower then men do. Let’s not forget that women live about 5-10 years longer than their male counterpart.
Women preform very well in male-dominated fields.
Women have been shown to be better investors, and they know how to be better with their money as well. Which is probably the reason Monopoly was invented by a woman in 1904. Women have also invented some of the most life-changing inventions, like computers and beer. And finally, women have been shown to be more effective than men in legislation and business alike.
Strength is the quality or state of being strong. It isn't just physical, it is mental as well. We, as humans, have the ability to be resilient, to be tough, to evolve, and to make a difference. These qualities are human, they are not male or female. We all are strong, and we all have the ability to do amazing things. We should never let our sex determine our limits.
I am proud to be a woman in the STEM field. I am proud to be a female college graduate. I am proud of my resilience during times of adversity. I am proud of my ability to work two jobs simply because I want to. I am proud to say strength has no gender, and I hope we continue to empower men and women alike to be strong, and to break more and more barriers.