Women have made great strides over the last century. March is Women’s History Month and March 8 is International Women’s Day.
According to nwhp.org, Molly Murphy MacGregor was invited to participate in the Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, in 1979. The group was chaired by noted historian Gerda Lerner and attended by the national leaders of organizations for women and girls. When participants learned about the success of the Sonoma County’s Women’s History Week celebration, they decided to initiate similar celebrations within their own organizations, communities and school districts.
In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women’s History Week. By the year 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month.
Some women who have struggled for equality in our nation are: Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Tubman and Alice Paul.
The 2017 theme of National Women’s History Month is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” The 2017 honorees include: Rebecca Anderson, community and economic development organizer; Barbara Hackman Franklin, former Secretary of Commerce; LillyLedbetter, equal pay activist; Kate Mullany, organized the first all-female labor union; Lucy Gonzalez Parsons, labor organizer and socialist leader; Barbara “Dusty” Roads, flight attendant’s union leader; Andra Rush, founder/CEO Rush Group; Nina Vaca, CEO and Chairman of Pinnacle Group; Maggie Lena Walker, businesswoman and community banking leader; Yvonne Walker, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000; Addie L. Wyatt, labor union leader and civil rights activist, and Norma Yeager, first woman stockbroker to be permitted on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).