Celebrating National Women’s Month

The month of March is dedicated to celebrating the numerous milestones and achievements women have made throughout the course of history.

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The month of March is dedicated to celebrating the numerous milestones and achievements women have made throughout the course of history.

National Women’s Month is a national holiday that takes place during the month of March. National Women’s Month aims at highlighting the various contributions and achievements women have made over the course of American history.

This year, the theme for 2021 National Women’s Month is #ChoosetoChallenge. This hashtag has been widely used this month to urge people to call out gender bias and inequality, therefore promoting inclusivity. You can explore the #ChoosetoChallenge hashtag and learn more about National Women’s Month on numerous social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

#ChoosetoChallege aims at breaking gender stereotypes and promoting gender inclusivity this month. (Courtesy of internationalwomensday.com)

“It was really empowering to scroll through social media and see so many strong female celebrities speak out about gender equality this month,” said Audrey Giltner, senior.

National Women’s Month wasn’t established by Congress until 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project. Previously in history, women had long petitioned for suffrage, equal work opportunities, equal pay, and equal sports opportunities to men. Unfortunately, after all this time, gender inequality is still an issue that we as a society still struggle with to this day. 

“I think that the women’s equal rights movement has come a long way since the 1900s, but there is obviously still lots of gender bias and inequality in society,” said Fiona Kowalkowski, senior. “In the workforce women are still being paid less than men, which is an issue that can only be resolved by the force of women coming together and fighting for equality.”

Within National Women’s Month also lies International Women’s Day on March 8. This day marks a global celebration of the political, economic, and social achievements of women. International Women’s Day was first established in 1911 and has been celebrated around the world since then. Individuals such as Rosa Parks, Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, and Sojourner Truth are especially recognized on this day.

“As a male I recognize my privilege in society, so I think it’s very important that we celebrate women and their accomplishments throughout history this month,” said Calvin Voorhees, junior.

To celebrate National Women’s Month, there are many things you can do from home. Most importantly, you should educate yourself about the history of women’s rights and be aware of the issues still face today. Then, to spread awareness, post on different social media platforms or support a women’s nonprofit. It’s about time women get the recognition they deserve this month, so please take the time in your day to do these small things. #ChoosetoChallenge