Women’s History Month celebrates contributions of women throughout history

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For over 150 years men have heard the battle cry of the Women’s Movement. As early as 1851, women have rallied for freedom and equality with an intensity that is still prevalent today. It is because of their dedication to the virtues of freedom and equality that March is celebrated as National Women’s History Month.

Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Shirley Chisolm and many others forged the way in the 19th and 20th centuries for women like Sally Ride, Billy Jean King, Barbara Jordan and Sandra Day O’Conner.

It is to the early pioneers of women’s freedom and equality that today’s women owe a great deal of gratitude and respect.

It was the lack of respect that prompted the Women’s Movement of the 1970’s push for the recognition of women’s contributions in America’s history in textbooks nationwide.

In 1978, Sonoma County, California commissioned a National Women’s History Week that focused on the contributions of women in all cultures as well as their role in the work force and history. Communities across the nation began taking part in weeklong activities that promoted equality and rights and encouraged women to become involved in all professions. Due to its popularity, Congress expanded it to a full month in 1987.

Women United and Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance councils will have several events planned throughout the month of March focusing on women’s contributions. Some of the events planned include an art exhibit focusing on women during the week of March 8-12 in the LSC gallery, and the Program Council will be hosting “To The Hoop: Exploring Women in Sports” in the LSC theater March 24 at 7:30 p.m.