It is 2018 and women are as strong and confident as the world can take…for now. We’ve fought through decades of gender oppression, stereotypes, and sexism – we have been looked down upon as the inferior gender for as long as we’ve inhabited land, yet as the world’s misogynistic habits continue, we have the opportunity to not only fight harder than we already have, but we get to celebrate the women that fought to change the world, and made it what it is today. March is Women’s History Month, and it has been for generations
International Women’s Day took place on March 8, in commemoration of the movement for women’s rights, and started on March 19, 1911, only for the date to be officially moved to the 8th two years later.
70 years after that, Women’s Day celebrations were expanded to a week in the U.S., under President Jimmy Carter.
President Carter’s proclamation encouraged the nation to recognize those leaders that struggled for equality – Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott – among many more women. Carter urged the nation to participate in community organizations in honor of women.
Despite being the victims of, “violence, with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women worldwide,” as The Time and Date website states, ever since 1988 women have taken the entire month of March as an opportunity to celebrate every woman of every race, age, and background, and fight for one day achieve equal opportunities as men.
With that in mind, take this month as an opportunity to show your appreciation for the women in your life by contributing to the community in any way you can. Organize or join events at the library, start a woman-appreciation trend on social media, school, or even in the confines of your own home by recognizing those women that that are significant to you – your mother, your sister, your grandmother, or even yourself.