Let’s go girls: a look into Women’s History Month

Womens History Month Trivia Night

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Women’s History Month Trivia Night

The United States has had many problems with inequality and prejudice amongst people of different races, ethnicities, sexualities, and genders. One way that the United States has shown recognition in a positive way towards these groups is dedicating a month towards them; for example, Black History Month in February, Pride Month in June, and Native American History Month in November. The current month of March is Women’s History Month. Therefore we should take advantage of this month to recognize all of the accomplishments and standards that women have contributed to the world.

With Women’s History Month starting, it’s important to understand the history behind it and how it came to be. When it comes to women and the long line of accomplishments that they have achieved, it should always be recognized by the world, but the national celebration of women’s history didn’t happen until 1987. This all started on March 8th in Santa Rosa, California. Local celebration started when the Education Task Force on the Status of Women in Sonoma county planned the week of March 8th to have essay contests, special presentations, and celebratory parades all around women and what they have contributed to the cultural, social, and economic progression. The amount of popularity that this local celebration had caused other states around the U.S to take part in the celebration of women. These celebrations of women’s history began to grow into schools and a lot of people started to want federal approval for a Women’s History Week. In February of 1980, Former President Jimmy Carter made the week of March 8th National Women’s History Week. In 1981, many states like Maryland, New York, and Oregon, as well as other groups and communities, continued to help get recognition for National Women’s History Month, and this was led by the National Women’s History Alliance. Not to mention that Congress showed support for this movement. Congress requested in 1982 that President Ronald Reagan make a presidential proclamation that would name the week of March 7th, 1982 Women’s History Week. After this, Congress issued many joint resolutions to make a certain week National Women’s History Week each year and to have the president make another proclamation to discuss this week and all the attributes that women have made to society. Finally, with over five years of local celebrations within communities and proclamations made by the president, Congress was petitioned by the National Women’s History Project and passed the public law that would be the first ever Women’s History Month. Within the next few years, between 1987 and 1994, more resolutions were added, and the president proclaimed that March would officially be Women’s History Month.

It’s important to learn how Women’s History Month came to be but what also needs to be known is how to support women during their month to show them the appreciation that they deserve. Here is a list of things that can be done throughout this month and can be continued to be done year long to appreciate women’s history:

Explore the history of women’s rights: the theme of this year’s Women’s History Month is “Providing Health, Promoting Hope.” With all the time and dedication that women have given through work, especially throughout the pandemic, it is important to recognize how all women have provided health and hope throughout history. Learning about women’s rights will be a good way of educating yourself during Women’s History Month.

Awareness of the issues that women face today: Even though women as a whole have made some progress when it comes to gender equality, there are still obstacles that women face because of their gender. Women are still getting paid less than men, have to hold more responsibilities when it comes to children and their households, have to face double standards and underrepresentation when it comes to leadership, careers in STEM, and politics. Women are underrepresented in the field of information and communication technologies at 21% and engineering, manufacturing and construction at only 29%. Women politicians and voters still have to face gender stereotypes to this day. Women still face issues with domestic violence, sexual harassment/assault, trafficking, as well as rape culture. Harmful beauty standards can cause insecurities for women and hiring bias amongst companies can affect them with getting jobs.

Supporting women-owned businesses: Recently, women-owned businesses have been getting a lot of recognition, but they are still in the lower percentage when it comes to business owners. Women’s History Month is the perfect opportunity to shine light on small women-owned businesses and to show your support and solidarity for women leaders, entrepreneurs, and service providers.

Post about Women’s History Month on social media: The use of social media increases each day, and an easy way to spread awareness about women’s history is social media. Reposting inspiring women, articles, quotes, and videos can influence others to do the same and increase the celebration of Women’s History Month overall.

Women’s History Month is a month to celebrate all of women’s history and the accomplishments that they have made to the world. With the history of Women’s History Month being so important, it is also important to know how to celebrate and contribute to the support of women and the things that they accomplish every day. That being said, spreading awareness on issues they face every day using social media, learning the history of women’s rights, and supporting women-owned businesses are all ways to celebrate and support women during Women’s History Month.

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