The month of March is designated Women’s History Month in the United States. Its purpose is acknowledging and appreciating the contributions of women to society and the world as a whole.
Many women throughout history have been forgotten or gone unacknowledged. From voting rights to the continuous battle for equal pay; remembering and honoring the history of women shouldn’t need a month set aside. It should exist year-round.
We hope that you use this month as a chance to remember them and their achievements and contributions.
Aug. 18 of this year will mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. In the 243 years since the Declaration of Independence has been signed, women have only been voting in under half as many years.
While we as a society have made many strides in regards to civil rights and gender equality, there is no doubt that we are still not where we should be as a nation where equality is concerned.
Planned Parenthood is no longer receiving government funding. This is because the government was trying to restrict treatment options and the organization didn’t want to restrict their offered services.
The #MeToo movement has raised awareness, but has it brought justice? Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of two felony sex crimes, and faces up to 29 years in prison. However, he was found not guilty in the predatory sexual assault charges.
Bill Cosby was found guilty of drugging and assaulting a woman, yet he only faces three to 10 years in prison. According to an interview with NBC News, Cosby states, “When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse. I was there. I don’t care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren’t there.”
We encourage everyone, not just women, to use this month to learn about the influence women have had in history. Learn about the women that were brave enough to come forward in the #MeToo movement.
Learn about the contributions that have been made to the arts and sciences thanks to women in history. Whether it is a song, a painting, a medical or technological advancement or a societal one.
Women are resilient. Their sacrifices and improvements on society are worthy of remembering. Their goals and ideas are worth carrying over into future generations.
So, don’t stop here. Let’s continue to expand our knowledge in hopes that one day it will be impossible to teach or learn history without remembering the contributions of everyone involved, regardless of the color of their skin or their gender.