March is Women’s History Month. It’s an entire month dedicated to women’s education, achievements, and wonders. The theme of 2012 is “Women’s Education — Women’s Empowerment.” This month we are celebrating women’s struggle for equality and fair consideration as they learn and teach others. This month, I will use this site to introduce you to some amazing women I have come to learn of, whose work I have read, and who have empowered me to look at the world around me through the lens of a feminist. If feminist is a word that causes you to shrink from this blog, or from women’s achievements and struggles, then I will rephrase it as black feminist writer bell hooks ( her name is in lower case on purpose) advises; I will say instead that “I advocate feminism” to hold you to this place, or to any other feminist or women’s site that you may find.
We make up more than half of the world’s population, and yet we are outnumbered in terms of how we are treated. Violence against women is on the rise, sex trafficking is rampant in the US. It’s a global disease, and we need to act to stop it. We need to educate our sons and daughters on the fight that women have battled for centuries to be treated with respect and fairness.
Thanks to the awareness established by the feminist of the 60s and 70s, the first celebration for women’s achievements took place in 1978. By 1986, only 14 states had made March their month for honoring women, and by the next year, 1987, Congress officially declared March Women’s History Month.
How can you help make this year’s celebration of women loud and clear? Blog about it, Tweet it, use your forums as a tool for introducing the world to as many female pioneers as possible, especially as they fit into your area of expertise, whether it’s writing, archaeology, engineering, mathematics, and so on. Most importantly, celebrate these champions with your children, especially girls. Our history of achievements are male-centered, so help them see that women in the past have overcome stereotypes and sexism and have achieved personal and professional achievements that are recorded, just not celebrated.
Here’s to all the women who have aided in our freedoms and potential.
Which woman — in your personal life or in history — would you like to celebrate? If you’d like to contribute stories as posts, I would welcome the opportunity. Please email me at email@example.com