In the spring of 1776, The Declaration of Independence was published with the first words reading that, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
However, it was not until 144 years – and decades of protest later, that these principles were legally granted to women, giving them the mere right to vote. Today, in 2022, women continue to fight for the rights to their own bodies, equal wages, safety, representation, and equality in society.
For centuries, women’s stories have been overlooked and omitted in history books. That is why this month, we shine light on the past and present contributions of women of all races and backgrounds within social movements, science, business, policy, sports, and music.
We recognize the accomplishments of women like Malala Yousafzai, an education activist and the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman to serve in Congress. Of Angela Davis, an activist and educator of the Civil Rights Movement. And of Greta Thunberg, an environmental activist and TIME’s youngest ever Person of the Year at the age of 16.
We honor the strength of women despite societal setbacks, the courage it takes to shatter glass ceilings, and the contributions that pave the way for generations to come. And while we celebrate these ground-breaking women, let us also take the time to recognize that same power lives within the women who make our communities, workplaces, classrooms, and world, a better place.
Let us see this month as a celebration of women’s achievements and progress, but also as a call to action to make the world a safer and more inclusive space for women everywhere.
Educational Resources and Campaigns
History, virtual events, exhibitions, educational resources at WomensHistoryMonth.gov
Time Firsts: Women Leaders Who Are Changing the World
“Remember the Ladies” TED talk by Emily Krich
The Past and Future of the Women’s Rights Movement by PEOPLE
International Women’s Day- Can You Solve the Riddle? (Mindspace)
“First of Many” by Google
“#WhatIReallyWant” Campaign by Global Goals
“#LikeAGirl” Campaign by Always
“Imagine the Possibilities” Campaign by Barbie
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