As always, Women’s History Month is celebrated throughout the month of March. It’s a significant month that celebrates all the accomplishments made by women. However, this year new questions are arising about the meaning of the monthly observance.
How did it Start?
It was first a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. In 1978, a Women’s History Week was formed. Grand parades were held in Santa Rosa to commemorate the week. Over time this celebration became a nation wide sensation. As a result, president Jimmy Carter declared a week in March as National Women’s history week. This eventually developed into a month long celebration.
How to Celebrate this Month?
There are many ways to celebrate this month. For example, read books by powerful and influential women. For example,Maya Angelo and Jane Austen are just two tremendous authors in a world of many whose books you can read. You could also learn how some individuals changed history. Women like Susan B. Anthony and Rosa A. Parks are history changing women that every individual should know about. Most importantly, celebrate the women in your life and let them know you appreciate them. Lastly, you can donate to the local women’s shelter or an other organization that help girls. Organizations like Girls Inc and Girls Who Code are some organizations you can donate to.
Controversy About Women’s Month in 2021:
Now in 2020, there’s a controversy about what women’s history month represents. Many individuals believe that one month of women’s appreciation is enough. Instead of rectifying injustices women are facing, many neglect the years of injustice women have faced and now continue to face. Many people believe they only have to pay attention to issues affecting women during the month of March, when they should be paying attention to it year round.
So What Now?
Currently schools do not teach students of the inequality and injustices women have had to face. Therefore, many students don’t fully understand everything individuals from this group have had to endure. The first step in rectifying this is to teach of these injustices, especially in schools. Furthermore, one month is not sufficient in fighting for women’s equality. Yes, women’s history month is an significant month, but does not mean women should go unrecognized the other 11 months of the year. However, this month does not mean women and their inequalities should go unrecognized the rest of the year. One month does not rectify all the hardships women have and are continuing to face.
Learn more about Women’s History here.