Women’s History Month

Growing out of a small-town school event, Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987. It began as a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.

The 2017 theme, “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid. Currently, statistics tell us that women earn about 80% of what a man does for a similar job. This varies by state, with New York and Delaware being 89%, all the way down to Wyoming, where women earn on average only 64% as much as their male counterparts. It also varies by race, with Hispanic or Latina women coming in at 54%, African Americans at 63%, white at 75%, Asian at 85%, native Hawaiians at 60% and Native Americans at 58%. The American Association for University Women estimates that the pay gap won’t go away until 2152. Although education helps women make more money, it doesn’t help them as much as their male counterparts.  Also, after a certain age, while men’s pay continues to rise, women’s falls. There are those in Congress now fighting for the Paycheck Fairness Act (in the House (H.R. 1619) and (S. 862) in the Senate), which will help to address some of these inequalities. Feel free to contact your congress people!

Quotes by women about women

Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.–Susan B. Anthony

I have the right of education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.–Malala Yousafzai

We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.–Margaret Atwood

I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.–Michelle Obama

Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.–Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.–J. K. Rowling

As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.–Toni Morrison

I am not here for women only, but also for women.–Angela Merkel

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.–Roseanne Barr

Feminism’s agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to “choose” between public justice and private happiness.–Susan Faludi

Toughness doesn’t have to come in a pinstripe suit.–Dianne Feinstein

If society will not admit of woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled.–Elizabeth Blackwell

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.–Rebecca West

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