Women’s History Month has its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when the U.S. Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28, which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week.” (womenshistorymonth.gov).
According to the site, Women’s History Month, since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
Women’s History Month is a time for us to recognize contributions women have made to American society.
It’s a time where we can recognize our strength as women and what we’ve gained throughout history.
In our personal lives, when we recognize the accomplishments of women in our families and personal communities, it gives a sense of pride and excitement.
It increases our self-esteem and allows us to see that we can be and do whatever we truly set our efforts towards.
This month, I want to dedicate my articles to Black women who have made history and Black women who are rising to the occasion by being the change they want to see.
The impact of women’s history may seem unimportant to some. Many may ask, why do we need a month to celebrate women?
It would be a mistake to think that the contributions of women, especially Black Women are not important to American History.
We draw strength and inspiration from those who came before us and those women working among us today.
These women are a part of our story, and they are making history for the future generation.
It was best said by Myra Pollack Sadker, “each time a girl opens a book and read a womanless history, she learns she is worthless.”
What will you do to celebrate Women’s History Month?
How do you plan to honor and celebrate the women who’ve made an impact in your life?
Let’s use this time to celebrate those who have paved the way for women like myself and others who are this generation’s change-makers.
Let’s celebrate the importance of women!