Celebrating Women

Sidnee Arney, Staff Writer

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March of 2018 celebrates the 30th Anniversary of National Women’s History Month.  Women’s History Month celebrates all the accomplishments and contributions to society of all women throughout the world. March was chosen as the designated month for Women’s History Month because the first observance of National Women’s Week falls in the beginning of the month. For the month-long celebrations, the theme chosen was “Nevertheless, she persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” “Nevertheless, she persisted” became a popularized saying by the feminist movement after Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced by the Senator Steve Daines and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when reading words by Coretta Scott King last year. Women have been silenced throughout history, so this is our month to commemorate all the accomplishments of those women who persevered and persisted.

National Women’s Month is a fairly new celebration. It all began in 1978 in the Sonoma, California school district. For a week, the school celebrated women’s accomplishments in history. This created a ripple effect, and the next year, Sarah Lawrence College had a 15-day conference celebrating women in history. Soon after, people all over the nation were celebrating Women’s History Week and in 1980, President Jimmy Carter declared March 8 Women’s History Week stating in his proclamation: “Oftentimes the women went unsung and their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, strength, courage and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.” Due to the popularity of Women’s History Week in 1981, Senator Orrin Hatch (R- Utah) and Representative Barbara Mikulski(D-Maryland), co-sponsored and submitted the first joint congressional resolution for a Women’s History Week. Over the next few years, people all over the nation celebrate National Women’s Week at different times throughout the month of March. In 1987, the Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to declare March 1987 as Women’s History Month. In 1988, Congress began passing additional requests and asked the president to proclaim every March as Women’s History Month. Since 1988, the presidents issue a proclamation every year at the start of March declaring it as National Women’s History Month.

There’s no better time to be a woman than now. This year, we celebrate all the amazing women throughout history who helped get us the rights that we have now. As we reminisce on those sweet moments in history, let us never forget all the hard work and sacrifice that all women have had to make.

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