March brings Women’s History Month

Orieana Simmons and Megan Bumpas

It’s finally March, which means Women’s History Month has officially begun.

A poster created by journalism WIN students alert students and teachers about Women’s History Month. (Presley Sanders)

Women’s History Month officially began as a national celebration in 1981, when congress passed a bill which had authorized and requested the president to proclaim the week beginning on March 7, 1982, as  Women’s History Week.

During those next 5 years, Congress had passed a bill, which designated the month of March 1987, as  Women’s History Month.

When President Jimmy Carter was in office, he wrote a message designating March 2-8 National Women’s History Week.

In this message, he said “From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”

Women’s History Month is a time to remember people like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was the second female who served as a judge in the supreme court and was also a director of the woman’s rights project of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she argued six landmark cases on gender equality before the U.S Supreme Court, or remember somebody like Harriet Stanton Blatch, who was one of the first suffragists to recruit working women to support suffrage. She started collaborating with the women’s trade union league that was founded in 1905 to help women form unions and advocate labor reforms.

Christy McIntyre, Duncan Middle School assistant principal, said that Women’s History Month is a great time to recognize women and the great things they’ve made or done for our country and for women in general.