March is Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month began as a Women’s History Week, originally held the week of March 7, 1982. In 1987, Congress changed the week to a full month of commemoration.
Although many of the accomplishments and contributions of women have been lost from the history books, women have played a vital role in the course of human civilization. From raising families to leading armies, women have made untold contributions to history.
Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.
International Women’s Day
Many countries, including the United States, also celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, which began in 1911. After the 1914 celebration and push for equality, the day has become an annual staple for global awareness around women’s issues.
Nancy Woodhull was a founding editor at USA TODAY and worked to redefine how women are covered in the news.
Helen Keller, blind and deaf, and Anne Sullivan, her teacher and life-long friend. Sullivan helped Keller become the first blind-deaf person to graduate from college, and the pair advocated for people with disabilities.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the six-time Olympic medalist, is considered one of the world’s greatest female athletes and holds the world record in the heptathlon.
Graciela Olivarez is the first woman and Latina graduate from Notre Dame Law School. She fought for Mexican-American rights and worked to decrease poverty.
Tammy Duckworth is the first disabled woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and the second Asian-American woman in the Senate.
Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, winning four gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published and became the best-selling book of the 19th century.
Gloria Steinem became a leader of “second wave” feminism and remains one today.
Margaret Butler was the first female fellow at the American Nuclear Society and advocated for women in science and math fields.
Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe and Sojourner Truth, among others, organize The National Council of Women of the U.S., the oldest American non-sectarian women’s organization.
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