• Ruby Feolo

Women's History Month: Everything you need to know

When did Women’s History Month start?

Women’s History Day was unofficially commemorated in 1978 in Sonoma County, California by Gerda Lerner and the National Women’s History Alliance. And in 1981, president Jimmy Carter made the entire week of March 8 dedicated to women. Then several years later in 1987, the month of March officially became Women’s History Month.


Why is Women’s History Month important?

Women’s History Month is important because it sheds light upon America’s unsung heroes.

Historically, women have been silenced and oppressed by men. By recognizing their achievements and understanding what they went through we can create a safer society for all.


What is the 2022 theme?

This year’s theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”. According to the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM), this theme was selected to honor the “ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history” (NWHM). In other words, this theme acknowledges the work of women of all backgrounds in the medical field during the Covid-19 pandemic. At a time like this, these women deserve recognition more than almost anyone else. Women make up 70% of the workforce in the medical field, with most of these women being nurses.


How can you support Women?

  1. Educate yourself! Read literature and history pieces written by women. Some notable authors include but are not limited to: Angela Davis, Maya Angelou, Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, Phillis Wheatley, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. As for subjects to research, look into intersectionality, racism against women of color, gender-based violence, sexual violence, unequal pay, and reproductive rights.

  2. Support businesses owned by women, especially female artists.

  3. Appreciate the women in your life. Tell your mother, grandmother, sister, or girlfriend that you value them and are grateful for what they do for you. Maybe do a few chores around the house that you wouldn’t typically do. If your mom spends most of her time doing laundry and dishes, do a few loads for her. She will appreciate it!


Sources:

https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/311314/WHO-HIS-HWF-Gender-WP1-2019.1-eng.pdf

Cover Photo: https://www.achievementfirst.org/womens-history-month-the-past-is-present/

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