Women’s History Month March 2024

Women’s History Month (WHM) is an annual commemoration of significant and historical contributions made by American women throughout American history, commemorating those who have broken barriers or ceilings and pioneered movements for equity, diversity, and inclusion – 2024 marks this anniversary with our theme being “Women Who Advocate For Equity, Diversity, And Inclusion”; today’s blog explores this legacy by delving deeper into some of those involved and exploring their achievements that have forever altered world history!

Women began advocating for equality in education, voting, and labor rights as early as the mid-19th century. During the ’60s and 1970s, feminist studies provided additional impetus, pushing women forward through society while asserting themselves through feminist organizations such as The Feminist movement of this era.

Women’s History Month was first celebrated in 1987 in the United States under its original name of Women’s History Week; over time, it evolved into what we know it today. Women’s History Month is designed to recognize all those women throughout history who have strived for equality and those continuing their fight today.

Women have challenged patriarchy in various ways, challenging cultural and societal norms while dismantling its oppressive structures. Women have recently championed causes for reproductive rights and equal pay at work – creating more inclusive environments in which women can flourish and contribute meaningfully to society.

After World War II, women experienced profound transformations in their outlook on life and began breaking away from traditional roles to enter the workforce more readily than before. Thanks to legislation such as the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, gender discrimination began being overcome within workplace environments.

History has seen women achieve many ground-breaking and revolutionary firsts for us all. Amelia Earhart became the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932; later that same year, Frances Perkins would serve President Franklin D. Roosevelt as Secretary of Labor. Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American actress ever to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress performance in “Gone with the Wind.” Dr. Mae Jemison made history when she became NASA’s inaugural African-American female astronaut during a space flight. Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Elizabeth Blackwell became America’s first female doctor, while Kathryn Bigelow won an Academy Award for Best Director – all firsts. Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American presidential candidate, while Sonia Sotomayor made history when she became the first Hispanic woman appointed to the US Supreme Court. Puerto Rico-born American actress Rita Moreno made history when she earned Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony awards simultaneously; Amy Tan became one of America’s first Chinese-American female authors with her best-selling novel, “The Joy Luck Club.” Tammy Duckworth, an Iraqi War Veteran, lost both legs when a rocket-propelled grenade hit her helicopter, serves in the United States Senate for the State of Illinois.

Women’s History Month 2024 will recognize women’s legacies of advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Women have made incredible strides toward breaking gender-based barriers within our societies while expanding diversity – many recognize and celebrate women who broke molds to pave a pathway for future women who will follow in their footsteps and shape our world forever. Let us pay our tributes to past female pioneers while simultaneously honoring their legacy!