March marks Women’s History Month, and in light of the recent situation in the Senate regarding women’s healthcare and reproductive choices, this year it seems especially relevant that we take time to address and acknowledge the challenges women face, in and out of the workplace. Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28, which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” (source). The theme for this year’s Women’s History Month is Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.
And, International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place Thursday, March 8 this year. IWD dates back to 1911, when women’s suffrage — winning the vote — was a priority of many women’s organizations. Today IWD is celebrated around the world, with events to inspire women and celebrate accomplishments. Click here to see what events are happening near you.
In reading about Women’s History Month, we came across Makers, a digital initiative about women who have changed the world. From politicians and celebrities to writers and athletes, this inspiring initiative showcases hundreds of compelling stories from women. Look for women from the LGBT community such as Ellen DeGeneres, Billie Jean King, Dr. Susan Love.
You may also want to check out the Women at Work photo series created by the U.S. National Archives. The collection draws from its nationwide holdings, and depicts the role of women in the workforce from 1916 to 1945.
And, we invite you to read Founding Executive Director Selisse Berry’s thoughts about the connections between the movement for women’s empowerment and our work for LGBT empowerment. It was written after Selisse attended the 2011 Professional BusinessWomen of California conference, an event created to connect, innovate, and inspire professional women.
Happy Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day from Out & Equal!