March is National Women's Month
Updated: Mar 2
Who will You Honor?
I was born and raised in Boston and proudly groomed by a “Super Strong Single Mom” and 5 equally strong sisters who were all accomplished entrepreneurs from real estate development, high end women’s clothing store, fashion seamstress and a musician who traveled the country delighting folks with her music!
So as you can imagine I’m one of the biggest fans of Women’s History Month as a celebration of women’s contributions to history for all those reasons and more! Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society which has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. Women’s History Month 2021 will take place from Monday, March 1-Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
Why Do We Celebrate Women’s History Month?
Women’s History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. From your Wife, Mom, Grandmother, Sisters, Daughters, Mother and Sister’s in Law, to former First Lady Michelle Obama, VP Kamala Harris, Actress Cicely Tyson, Maya Angelo, Oprah Winfrey, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks and so many other timeless women in history that stretches back to the founding of the United States.
The actual celebration of Women’s History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa, California
Did you know? To coincide with Women's History Month 2011, the White House issued a 50-year progress report on the status of women in the United States. It found that younger women are now more likely than their male counterparts to hold a college degree and that the number of men and women in the labor force has nearly equalized.
A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.
International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women, took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers. The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975. When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women’s Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited the following reasons: “To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”
So now I challenge everyone, especially the men to recognize and thank at least ONE woman per day for from March 1st – March 31st for their contributions and how it’s contributed to making you a better person!
Keep an eye out for events in your City celebrating “Women’s National History Month”