In light of Women’s History Month, I will be doing “A Thank You To Feminism” series for all of March
Did you know March was Women’s History Month? Do you know what Women’s History Month is? Let me tell you!
Originally, Women’s History Month was only Women’s History Week. As stated in the about section of Womenshistorymonth.gov, Women’s History Month had its origins 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.”
The recognition of to women in Women’s History month is a great way to pay tribute to all the women who have shown commitment to bettering the nature of our planet and proven to be invaluable members of society. As a way to contribute to celebrating this month, I’d like to focus not on what still needs to be done, but what has been done! Everything that women have accomplished through feminism throughout history deserves to be recognized and appreciated. Without the women who have helped pave the way for feminism, we wouldn’t be here trying to figure out how to solve today’s issues.
With that said, here is a thank you to feminism!
Thank you Hillary Clinton! Perhaps one of the more powerful speeches in regards to feminism came in 1995 at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing.
“I believe that now, on the eve of a new millennium, it is time to break the silence. It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and for the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as separate from human rights.” She went on to call attention to various ways in which human rights are violated, a strong tactic to use in light of those who are against women’s rights. “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all.”
Welcome to the working world (outside the home)! For too long were women only seen as suited to work within the household. Though this can be a preferred choice among some women, many women strived to get out into the work force. Women were undermined and under-appreciated for the efforts at home, getting out allowed them to bring money home to the family and fight for a more respected role in society. With women becoming more prominent in the work force it brought attention to the wage gap. Though the wage gap still sits at 77 cents to the dollar for women, it used to be at 62 cents to the dollar. Feminism can be credited with the progress of this change and can be credited with continued efforts to conquer this issue.
What are some ways you think we should celebrate Women’s History Month? Who are some feminists we should give a shout out to next week?
Photo credit: TheWorldofHillaryClinton, AliceFest