Women should take up challenging positions

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Last week, the Mississippi Highway Patrol Cadet Class 62 graduated 57 new cadets, who will begin working with the Department in the near future.

This is the first time since 1980 that three women graduated in the same class.

While the feat might not seem of importance to some, this accomplishment demonstrates that women are capable of holding jobs previously identified as only for men.

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For the past century, women in this country have put a lot of effort into receiving a better education and not settling for jobs the small minded would think they are “supposed to have.” A most recent example includes the general election of 2016, when Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee for the Democratic Party.

Before then, in 2014, Becky Hammon, accepted a job as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, a franchise in the NBA comprised of male players, owners and coaches.

By accepting that role, Hammon became the first female coach in the history of the NBA. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 40 percent of mothers today are the primary or sole earners in a household with children under 18-years-old, compared to only 11 percent in 1960.

Throughout history, women have had major impacts on cultures across this Earth. 

Far too often we overlook the efforts of those who not only take care of future generations of this country within a household, but we forget those who are also able to balance a career in every fields, such as doctors, business owners, lawyers, and also law enforcement.