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Did You Know It’s Women’s History Month

Happy March!!! In other words Happy Women’s History Month!!!

The very first time International Women’s day was celebrated was in March 1911.

Unfortunately women have not been celebrated or even recognized as they are now. In the past they were seen as inferior to men (with regard to career, money, and even roles in the household). But slowly and surely, as society has evolved, so too has societal standards, for women to be recognized and celebrated as equals. As the accomplishments of women continued to be highlighted, the more there was a need to celebrate their efforts in a more concerted way.

As a result, Women’s History Week was first commemorated in 1981 during the week of March 7, and International Women’s Day (March 8th) was held during that same week. After Women’s History Week received such a warm reception from public, Congress pushed legislation to extend Women’s History Week to a month. In 1987, the entire month of March was recognized as Women’s History Month.

Another interesting thing to know about Women’s History Month is that each year it has a different theme. The National Women’s History Project has proclaimed March 2014 will be Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. You can visit their website to see this year’s honorees.

All over the globe people are celebrating Women’s History Month, and you do not have to feel excluded! No matter where you are located there are bound to be events you can attend. For example, if you are DC this month, the following events may interest you:

  • March 18th Women’s History Month: “333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu”, Library of Congress
  • March 20th Concert: Washington Women in Jazz Festival Quintet, American Art Smithsonian Museum

Now to leave you with some random fun facts about women:

  • In almost every country in the world women have a higher life expectancy than men

  • Queen Hatshepsut was the only female Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt

  • Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture

  • Wyoming was the first US state to grant women the right to vote

  • The first country to grant women the right to vote was New Zealand

  • Shirley Chisholm survived three assassination attempts during her campaign for Democratic nomination for presidency in 1972

  • Ella Fitzgerald had a three-octave voice range

  • Chaka Chan was dubbed the “Queen of Funk Soul”

So again Happy March and Happy Women’s History Month. Please enjoy the rest of the month, share this post with friends and family and brush up on your knowledge of women’s accomplishments.

written by Uri-Biia Si-Asar

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