Women's History Month
And Its Significance
Women’s History Month, celebrated in March, focuses on celebrating women and their contributions to society, history, and culture. The United States officially recognized the month of March as Women’s History Month since 1987.
The observance of women’s history began as a week long celebration in a high school district in Sonoma, California, to teach children all the different ways in which women contributed to society. Throughout this week, hundreds of students participated, and dozens of presentations were given to all the different schools. There was even a parade held in Santa Rosa. This idea finally caught on a few years later, when Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation stating that the week of March 8th would be Women’s History Week.
By 1986, 14 states already declared the month of March as Women’s History Month, and by 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to allow the week to expand into the entire month of March. Every year, a Presidential Proclamation is issued to honor and praise the achievements of women.
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day has been celebrated since 1911, every year, on March 8. Traditionally, women were given gifts and flowers from their husbands, brothers, uncles, and sons, as a way to honor them. As you can see, Women’s History Month essentially stemmed from International Women’s Day, which is celebrated all over the world.
March 2018 Theme
Every year that we celebrate Women’s History Month, there is a theme. This year of 2018, the theme is “Nevertheless, She Persisted”, which honors women who have not only shaped America’s history, but have also worked feverishly to end discrimination against women and girls. This theme incorporates women tirelessly working together to overcome obstacles and celebrate victories. They fight not only sexism, but also discrimination against ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, disability, and even veteran status. This also includes the fight for the reproductive justice movement, equal pay, and shutting down sexual harassment.
Famous Women Throughout History
There are dozens and dozens of famous women from different backgrounds and ethnicities that have contributed to American History. These women include Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sacagawea, and countless others. Each woman, in her own way, has helped mold the United States to the way it is today -- whether it be by overcoming obstacles or trying something that has never been done before -- these women are an honor to remember.
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