Women’s History Month

Womens History Month

Women’s History Month is celebrated every March to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions women have made to U.S. history.

 

Women’s History Week was first celebrated in March 1978 by educators in Santa Rosa to raise awareness of women’s contributions to society. Organizers selected a week towards the beginning of March, as they wanted to correspond with International Women’s Day on March 8th. Over the course of many years, other cities across the country started to celebrate Women’s History Week. U.S. President Jimmy Carter officially declared the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week, encouraging everyone to participate. President Carter explained, “Too often the women were unsung, and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America were as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.” Eventually, the week-long event was extended to a month-long one in 1987, after Congress passed a resolution designating March to be Women’s History Month.

 

Although there are several women who played an important role in history, Women’s History Month often spotlights Sacagawea, a Native American woman who helped make Lewis and Clark’s expedition a success; Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who both fought for equality for women in the mid-19th century; Harriet Tubman, a spy who led enslaved people to freedom during the Civil War; Amelia Earhart, one of the world’s first and most famous female pilots; Madeleine Albright, who became the first female Secretary of State; and Misty Copeland, the first-ever African-American woman to be named a principal dancer in the 75-year history of the American Ballet Theatre.

 

The National Women’s History Alliance chooses a certain theme for Women’s History Month each year. Some of the previous themes have included “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet” in 2009 and “Celebrating Women in STEM” in 2013. The theme for 2020 and 2021 were, “Valiant Women of the Vote,” which had people learn about the fight for the right to vote. The theme for 2022 is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This theme is a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during the pandemic, as well as a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided healing and hope throughout history. Other than the theme of the year, Women’s History Month continues the discussion of women and their contributions.

 

Here at Kraemer, the students and staff celebrate Women’s History Month by mentioning one woman who made a difference in history on the announcements every morning in March.