Women’s History Month

Staff writer reflects on what March means to them

Women’s History Month

March 1st marks the beginning of National Women’s History Month. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions to history. 

In 2023, the theme for Women’s History Month is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.”

According to History.com, the theme recognizes “women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media.”

Some history of the importance of women’s history month- the month began with a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history, and society that was organized by a school district in California in 1978. 

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation establishing the week of March 8th as National Women’s History Week.

A few years later, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March and was successful.

This month celebrates women like Susan B. Anthony who fought for women’s rights and Athalie Range who was the first woman to head a Florida state agency, the Department of Community Affairs. 

Throughout history, women have faced injustice in the workforce, at home, and all throughout society. 

March is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women throughout history and in the present-day world. However, this month is not something widely acknowledged by people across the nation. 

If you are looking for some easy ways to celebrate the accomplishments of women here are some easy ideas: Watch a documentary about women’s rights, some examples 9to5: The Story of a Movement (Netflix), Feminists: What Were They Thinking? (Netflix). You could also support women leaders, for example, you could watch Ted Talks or listen to podcasts, etc. Support women-owned businesses, donate to organizations in your community that support women and girls, attend Women’s History Month events, and so much more. Just recognizing the hardships women have endured throughout history and respecting women’s movements occurring right now is an easy way to acknowledge Women’s History Month.