Woman’s History Month Observed


Sky Kuykendall, Journalist

Women’s History Month is celebrated every March in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It is a time to recognize and honor the contributions and accomplishments of women throughout history.

Women’s History Month can be traced back to International Women’s Day, which was first celebrated in 1911. However, it wouldn’t be fully recognized as an official month of celebration in America until 1987 when Congress implemented women’s history month as an official holiday; after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Alliance, whose goals were to implement education on the subject of women’s contributions, not just in America, but as a persistent worldwide contribution throughout history.

After this achievement, women nationally were able to rejoice that the movement for equal rights and education of those ideas was becoming more widespread; however, the thought of what exactly this would do for women’s rights crossed many minds. From the right to hold a credit card without male co-signature, which was given the right to women of America in the year 1974, almost five decades after the original idea of credit was implemented and used regularly, to the right of reproductive care which remains to be an ongoing battle today.

These recounter of fact show that many of the battles older generations fought for human rights so long ago aren’t yet over. Many go daily without understanding micro aggressions, hypocrisy, and suppression, which happens in so-called equal rights workplaces and establishments that go by without action.

And on that note, best said by Shirley Chisholm, “Tremendous amounts of talent are being lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.”