It’s hard to believe that only 83 years ago, women
finally got the right to vote.This by no means settled the many disputes that would forever be
associated with the Women’s Movement.It would take years of endless struggling for women to
achieve what the Constitution stated was a God given right, equality.
National Women’s History Month began like most
national celebrations, as a single week celebration and local event.In 1978, Sonoma County, California
sponsored Women’s History Week to promote the teaching of women’s
history.Soon the week of March 8th
included International Women’s Day.The idea caught on around the nation but it wasn’t until 1981 that
Congress finally passed a resolution making the week a national
celebration.Six years later in
1987, the celebration of Women’s History Month was expanded to include
the full month of March.
What does this mean to you?This is a time period where achievements of great women and
the struggles of the average woman are highlighted and celebrated.It’s a time to take stock of the
world around you and to notice how much has changed in this nation in just 100
years.It’s a time to
recognize the people who made these changes possible.
The United States has boasted equal opportunity for men and
women as well as freedom.Sometimes though, people must go beyond the obvious statements to
acquire what’s rightfully theirs.As you will learn, there have been numerous advancements made by way of
creating equality among women and men.You will also learn that the struggle to keep these ideas and decisions
intact is a full time job and will continue to be pursued by those who believe
in ‘one nation, with liberty and justice for all.’