Celebrating Women: Jennifer Major

Q. What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
To me Women’s History Month is an opportunity to recognize the gender gap has tightened, that women are recognized for their accomplishments, and their accomplishments add value within our society.

Q. Do you ever feel you have been looked down upon for being a woman or treated differently (especially in the school systems)? Any examples?
I worked at an old-timey hardware store in high school in the late 80’s. An older gentleman walked in, took one look at me, and said he “didn’t want no help from a girl”. He asked the male teenager for assistance; a few minutes later, they were asking me for help. That was a good moment. Sure, there have been more times than one can count when men having treated me differently: it’s infuriating. I have not had any negative experiences at Fauquier High School!

Q. What do you think the future looks like for feminism/women’s rights in the workforce and in general?
There will always be other folks that will find reasons to look down on others – not providing similar opportunities based on so many things. The future will be better, but it will never be perfect. Working hard and taking one’s education seriously is the key.