Women’s History Month

Remembering achievements and movements made by women around the world.

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Celebrate this year's Women's History Month theme: Valiant Women of the Vote. Photo Courtesy of iStock.

Megan Jun, Staff Writer

The start of March marks a new month of celebration and remembrance. While February is African-American Heritage Month, March is Women’s History Month. It’s time to celebrate the achievements and movements made by women all throughout history.
Women’s History Month is celebrated in the USA, the UK, Australia (in March), and Canada (in October). This history month used to be a single day on March 8. It has been observed since 1911 but wasn’t officially commemorated by the United Nations until 1975. The celebration was not recognized until 1977. In the 1970’s the popularity of Women’s History Day grew into an official celebration, and some local groups observed Women’s History Week instead. The idea of a Women’s History Week soon became widely popular, so popular, in fact, that people wanted a more formal observance of women’s history. President Jimmy Carter listened to the people and, in 1980, designated the first official Women’s History Week. This week would begin on March 8. Many faculties realized that Woman’s History had a very positive impact on the country. Not only did Women’s History Week celebrate achievements made women but also reminded people of equality. The government, seeing this positive impact, decided in March, 1987, that March would become Women’s History Month.
This month helps commemorate all the women who have achieved greatness. Every March, we celebrate a particular group of women the most. This month’s theme, chosen by the National Women’s History Alliance, is “Valiant Women of the Vote”. People will especially be celebrating women who have helped allow women to vote, such as feminists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Even though this theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote”, we should still celebrate all the amazing, strong women who helped make a difference in the strive for equality.