Women Rights Part 4: Women’s History Month, what is it?

Women's rights are appreciated during Women's History Month, which has only been around for 41 years. I am not saying that women don’t, and/or shouldn’t, appreciate Women's History Month, but currently it seems like a normal month/day that no one acknowledges. I’m sure everyone wants to know how it’s really celebrated, and even how it all started.

The first steps toward success in regards to Women's History Month were in February of 1980 when President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 8th, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. As time went on, by 1986, 14 states had declared March as Women’s History Month. This state-by-state motion caused Congress to declare March of 1987 as National Women’s History Month.

So, if we’re being technical, Women's History Month has only been around for 35 years if we do not include Women’s History Week. The goal of Women’s History Month is to provide education on how women helped to shape the nation and to empower children by introducing them to historical role models. Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and even presenting women with gifts and flowers.

For example, the Philippines has a venue that highlights women’s achievements and discusses both continuing and emerging women’s empowerment and gender equality issues as well as concerns, challenges, even commitments. Other examples are having television specials, political speeches, classroom learning initiatives and, increasingly common today, social media posts.

Going back to the goal of Women’s History Month (WHM), WHM's central initiative is to celebrate women’s contributions to history, culture and society. Women’s History Month has not been celebrated long, but I think we just have to make the best of it each year, and go all out in March, for the sake of all the amazing women in the world.

Fun Facts:

● Every Women's History Month has a theme

● The 19th amendment didn't give all women the right to vote

● Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat 9 months before Rosa Parks did

● Women couldn't get credit cards on their own until 1974

● More women are earning college degrees than men

● The gender pay gap still persists

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