Women's History Month
MARCH 1st - MARCH 31st
Since the year 1987, Women's History Month has been celebrated and recognized all over the world. Originated in California by Molly MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett, and Bette Morga, it has become one of the most recognizable national celebrations supporting all women. Just like women, Women's History Month has continued to progress throughout the years and what started as just a day eventually turned into a week, and now it has taken over the entire month of March. Today, we use Women's History Month to celebrate the many contributions and achievements women have made in society and culture.
Throughout history, the contributions of women have often been overlooked. From Henrietta Lacks, Faith Spotted Eagle, Hedy Lamar, and Dorothy Height, women have been key figures in the advancement of various industries. Women's History Month helps us learn who these women are through educational events hosted by multiple organizations such as Girls Inc. and the National Organization for Women. Not only does Women's History Month inspire us to learn more about historical figures, but it also encourages us to learn more about the women around us. We all have influential women in our lives who have impacted us in one way or another and it is important to remember that Women's History Month is about celebrating these women as well. Women that we encounter every day have their own stories and history to share and Women's History Month highlights women from different backgrounds and promotes the idea that all women deserve respect and the resources to aid in the advancements of their lives. Much like Gender Quality Month, Women's History Month also believes in gender equality through educational and employment-based opportunities.
For over three decades, Women's History Month has continued to celebrate women and all that they do to better our communities. There have been countless names who have dedicated their lives to women's progression and advocated for their stories to be told nationally. Since its origination, organizations like the National Women's History Alliance have hosted events and conferences that have educated both genders on women's history. Every March, we can each do our part to continue the education of women's history by learning about the women within our own families and universities. Florida State University continues to promote women who have contributed to the advancement of women in our community. Let's all continue to uplift women and acknowledge the many contributions of women that have strengthened us all.