Women’s history month starts on March 1st and ends on March 31st.
When I think of Women’s History Month, I think of the greatness in women’s, the weight we carry, the inspiration we give others, and the joy of our being.
As I thought of this, vivid pictures of my mother started to play over and over. When I think about her life and struggles, I can’t but admire her inner strength and outward beauty.
My mother is who I celebrate this month. Born in 1933, she endured situations that today we couldn’t imagine. From picking cotton to contribute to household finances to walking miles to attend to school to marrying the love of her life and raising children. She is strong.
What is Women’s History Month really about?
Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.
Women’s History Month originated as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month. – SOURCE
Great women in history and their contribution over the years
- Linda Spoonster Schwartz: Schwartz overcame a military injury to become one of the nation’s leading veterans’ advocates, focusing especially on the unmet needs of women veterans. She was nominated by President Barack Obama to be assistant secretary of veteran affairs for policy and planning. She is the first and only woman elected president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs.
- Susan Burton: Burton founded A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project in 1998 to help women break the cycle of incarceration. Burton is a co-founder of All of Us or None and the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement, both national grassroots civil rights movements comprised of formerly incarcerated individuals, their families and community allies.
- Geraldine Ferraro: Ferraro was the first female vice presidential candidate representing a major political party. In 1993 President Clinton appointed Ferraro U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on human rights, and in 1995 appointed her vice chair of the U.S. delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.
- Jill Moss Greenberg: Greenberg is a lifelong crusader for fairness and the rights of underrepresented groups. She served as the first National Executive Director of NAME (the National Association for Multicultural Education).
Lastly, this month we not only celebrate women in history, we celebrate and acknowledge all women making contributions to society today, giving back, paying it forward, creating businesses, nurturing families, and creating positive vibes. You are the backbone of society!
Know that each of you ROCK!! I celebrate you today and each day forward.