March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the past and current accomplishments of women. The 2022 theme for Women’s History Month is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.”
This theme is a tribute to the ceaseless work of mothers, refugees, caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic. It is also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.
The Origin of Women’s History Month
The origins of Women’s History Month are rooted in 1911, when International Women’s Day was established in the United States on March 8 as a day to celebrate female workers. The idea of celebrating women’s achievements quickly spread around the U.S.
Later, International Women’s Day expanded to incorporate National Women’s History Week. In February 1980, then-President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. In March 1987, Congress declared the entire month of March as National Women’s History Month.
Women’s History Month is a celebration of accomplishments from all sorts of women – Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi, to name a few – and their extraordinary contributions to society. There are also countless unsung heroines whose accomplishments kept women’s progress moving forward.
Women Still Need to Make More Progress
While women are making progress, there is still a long way to go to ensure inclusion and equity for everyone. Women’s History Month is a good time to not only celebrate women of character, courage, and commitment, but also to remember that more action is needed to solve social and workplace inequalities. Sustainable tactics, such as an emphasis on women’s health and education, need to be implemented to ensure the women’s movement continues to progress.