During Women's History Month, we honor and commemorate the vital roles of women in American history and take time to spotlight their important contributions to history, culture, and society.
As we celebrate Women's History Month, we should take this rich opportunity to celebrate the countless influential women across U.S. history, including such diverse and influential figures as:
Each of these women, and many more, courageously pushed boundaries and helped to expand people's perceptions of what women could accomplish, opening the door for millions of women to pursue goals outside previously accepted gender roles.
This year's theme is "Providing Healing, Promoting Hope". In light of the global fight against COVID-19, it is a highly meaningful and appropriate tribute to the efforts of frontline workers and caregivers throughout the pandemic. In a larger sense, this theme also helps to recognize the ways in which women have provided both healing and hope throughout history. According to the U.S. Census, women hold 76% of all healthcare jobs. While male doctors outnumber female doctors overall, the number of female doctors continues to rise, with women comprising 60% of physicians under the age of 35. Women currently outnumber men in medical school.
The fight for equality has led to many great accomplishments by women and there is still much to be achieved. As an organization dedicated to inclusivity and antiracism, continuing the conversation about gender equality remains a priority for us. Even today, the accomplishments of women continue to be overlooked and underappreciated all too often. As we celebrate the unique contributions by women across history this month, let us also commit to incorporating meaningful lessons on uplifting, empowering, and promoting the important issues affecting women and girls every day.
Learn more about Women's History month at:
· Library of Congress, via "American Women: A Guide to Women's History Resources"