March is National Women’s History Month, and 2018’s theme honors women who fight all forms of discrimination against women. Women’s History Month first began as a single day, which later led to a week, and now we dedicate the whole month of March to honoring women’s achievements in history. Check out the timeline throughout the years that guided the way for Women’s History Month:
Over 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York City demanding better pay and voting rights.
The first Women’s Day was organized in the United States by the Socialist Party. This day was to remember the women’s strike that took place a year earlier in New York City.
The Socialist International established an International Women’s Day to honor women’s rights in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.
The 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote in America.
The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day March 8.
The first Women’s History Week started in the school district of Sonoma, California. Presentations, contests, and a parade were held all week to bring attention to women’s rights in history.
President Jimmy Carter declared the first official Women History Week for March 2-9.
Many states already had been dedicating a full month to celebrating women. Congress passed a proclamation establishing Women’s History Month.
Throughout history there have been many women whose contributions have advanced art, music, science, and society. Here are a couple of the standout women in history:
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote novels that popularized the anti-slavery campaign.
Susan B. Anthony led the charge of winning voting rights for women by establishing the National Woman’s Suffrage Association.
Emily Dickinson transformed the art of poetry.
Catherine Brewer became the first woman to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in 1840.
Hattie Caraway of Arkansas is the first women elected to Senate in 1932.
Sandra Day O’Connor is the first woman Supreme Court Justice in 1981.
Lilly Ledbetter is an activist for women’s pay equality who is behind the legislation that eases the time limitations of filing a pay discrimination claim.
Many women have added to the advances in the world like winning the right to vote, advancement in the workplace, and much more. Continue the admiration for the women who paved the way for every other women today, and honor all the remarkable women in your life during this Marchs’ Women’s History Month.