Sure, March means spring and shamrocks, but did you know that March is Women’s History Month? The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
“Our History is Our Strength”
That is the motto of The National Women’s History Project (NWHP). Founded in 1980, the NWHP is a non-profit educational organization committed to recognizing and celebrating the diverse and significant historical accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs. Their website lists an impressive timeline of highlights in US Women’s History here. Among them:
March 4, 1917 – Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) took her seat as the first female member of Congress
March 13, 1986 – Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska
March 31, 1888 – The National Council of Women of the U.S. is organized by Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sojourner Truth, among others, the oldest non-sectarian women’s organization in the U.S
Another great Website honoring the achievements of women is the National Women's Hall of Fame. The National Women's Hall of Fame is located in Seneca Falls, NY. It was created in 1969 by men and women who believed that the contributions of American women deserved a permanent home. The website offers a complete list of all 207 inductees. Louisa May Alcott, Maya Angelou, Lucille Ball, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Sandra Day O'Connor, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, and Oprah Winfrey are just some of the amazing women who are in The National Women's Hall of Fame.
There are also many great books honoring women. Every year the Amelia Bloomer Project produces a list of recommended feminist books for youth. This bibliography of challenging and engaging feminist books for young readers from birth through age 18 memorializes the legacy of feminist activist Amelia Bloomer, a supporter of women's rights. The 2017 book list, can be found here.
And locally, we are honoring women’s history. The Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County is celebrating Women’s History Month with a month-long series of events: click here for event information.
What Can You Do to Celebrate?
Thank a woman who inspires you. Write her a letter. Send her a message on Facebook. Send her a gift of appreciation. Or simply say, “Thank you.”
Share your story through a creative outlet. Women's stories need to be heard. Submit a piece to your favorite publication. Start a blog. Launch a YouTube channel.
Mentor a young woman. Start by checking out your local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters or find a local school reading program.
So, spread the news and join us at Tauber Real Estate Services, as we tip our hats to all the inspirational women who have made an impact, past and present. And here’s to the young ladies who will no doubt shape our future.