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National Women’s History Month
March is National Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the countless achievements of women throughout history. This month-long celebration is an opportunity to honor women's struggles and their contributions to history, culture, and society.
National Women’s History Month was inspired by International Women's Day which was first celebrated in 1975. It wasn’t until 1981 that Congress passed a resolution allowing President Jimmy Carter to proclaim March 7th-13th as Women's History Week. Soon after Congress expanded the week to a month and the first official National Women's History Month was declared in 1987.
During Women's History Month, the National Women's History Alliance designates a theme. The 2023 theme is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” This theme recognizes “women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media.”
There are several ways that you can celebrate women this month. Consider learning about a significant woman from the past or present, like a suffragette, civil rights activist, or a female pioneer in science, art, and literature. You can also read a book, watch a documentary, or go to an exhibition or performance honoring women’s achievements.
Another great way to celebrate is by supporting women-owned small businesses in your community and internationally. As a women-owned small business, Giesler understands the value of supporting other WOSB’s and how this contributes to women's economic empowerment.
Finally, consider donating to women's charities and non-profit organizations that are on the frontlines supporting women’s health, education, and equality.
History is full of remarkable women. March is a special opportunity to inspire and empower young girls and women by providing them with positive role models and examples of what women can achieve. Throughout history, women have succeeded in all fields and professions, and these accomplishments should be celebrated!
If you are interested in learning about women pioneers in naval history, check out this article on the USO's (United Service Organization) webpage.
Also don’t forget to check out Geisler’s blog series ‘Spotlight on Women’ for more incredible women that have and are trailblazing!
Sources: Press Conference: Announcing the 2023 Women's History Theme - National Women's History Alliance (nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org)
Women’s History Month 2023 - HISTORY
Women's History Month (womenshistorymonth.gov)
Over 200 Years of Service: The History of Women in the U.S. Military · United Service Organizations (uso.org)