AC celebrates women in and out of March
Written by | Randi Riggs |
Many may be unaware that March is National Women’s History Month, which started in 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project. Congress approved Pub. L. 100-9, which dedicated March 1987 to women’s history. Since 1995, presidents have issued annual proclamations designating March as Women’s History Month. State departments of education also began to encourage Women’s History Month to promote equality among the sexes in classroom. In 1920, the 19th Amendment was put into place. It prohibits any U.S. citizen from being denied the right to vote on basis of sex. It only took almost 75 years to get a whole month dedicated to women after they won the right to vote.
Women around the world still are fighting for equal pay and the right to do what they want with their body, so having a month dedicated to important women throughout history is a victory for females. Marketing Major Megan Nichole Barnett said, “I actually wasn’t aware of March being National Women’s History Month. But I do think that women should have a month dedicated to them, because they put in hard work and can have just as much successful positions as men.” Not everyone feels the same way about this month being important. General Education Major Maylian Reed said, “I didn’t know that this was Women’s History Month. To me it’s not important. Mainly because we don’t have a National Men Month, but I could be wrong. It is just not that important to me.”
In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. In the proclamation, Carter stated: “…Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America were as vital as that of men whose names we know so well.” Now that there is an entire month dedicated to Women’s History, it is apparent America has come pretty far in the appreciation of women. Psychologist Dr. Beth Rodriguez said, “I didn’t know that there was now a Women’s History Month, but I think it is great. “The idea of having a month devoted to women and their accomplishments shows the progression of society from a mainly man-driven world to a world driven by people. I like the idea of highlighting the successes of women so all women can see what can be accomplished by anyone who works hard and is dedicated to success.”