Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s History Month, and it’s the perfect opportunity for KeepInspiring.Me to honor and celebrate great women and their accomplishments all month long. This yearly event began in 1978 when schools in Sonoma, California hosted a week-long recognition of women’s accomplishments throughout history, culminating in the wider celebrations of International Women’s Day on March 8th.

Not Just A Day

The idea of celebrating women beyond IWD — a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women that dates back as far back as 1911 — spread across California and into other states, and in 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the week of March 8 National Women’s History week. Seven years later, an organization called the National Women’s History Alliance successfully lobbied Congress to dedicate the entire month of March to the history of women. Since the beginning, the NWHA project has established the theme for women’s history each year and has provided resources and materials for education and celebration of the women it honors to grateful institutions of all kinds.

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“Forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place, think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works…” – Susan B. Anthony, Women’s Rights Activist

Since 1988, March has been recognized as Women’s History Month every year via Presidential Proclamation. The month-long celebration honors women’s contributions in all areas of life as scientists, inventors, artists, politicians, and more. Women of diverse cultural, ethnic, occupational, racial, class, and regional backgrounds are honored over the course of the month, including pioneers like educator Mary McCleod Bethune, Red Cross Founder Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Here at keepinspiring.me, we are inspired by and delighted to support the NWHA in their important mission:

“We are retelling history. And changing the future. We believe that knowing women’s history gives all of us—female and male—the power and inspiration to succeed. We believe that Our History Is Our Strength.”

Across the month of March, we’ll be honoring the women throughout history who have tirelessly campaigned for women’s rights and freedoms, across the globe. We’ll be recognizing some of the monumental achievements made by women and the importance of opening up new opportunities for the future. In 2011, the White House issued a 50-year progress report on the status of women in the United States to coincide with the celebration of Women’s History Month. It found that younger women are now more likely than their male counterparts to hold a college degree and that the number of men and women in the labor force has nearly equalized — huge victories that challenge us to make even greater changes in the next 50 years.

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou, Poet and Civil Rights Activist

Celebrating Women

Though we’ll be telling the stories of famous historical (and contemporary) women in March, it’s important to remember that Women’s History Month celebrates unsung heroes, too. Whether they be the countless women who helped when our country was at war, women who serve in the Armed Forces, women who run businesses and volunteer in their communities, single mothers who work and raise families, and the unknown writers and artists in history whose works were never made public yet teach historians much about our country’s past, their stories are just as inspiring and just as important. On a personal level, IWD and Women’s History Month gives us the opportunity to celebrate our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, and any woman who has gone the extra mile to inspire us to do great things. Which women in your life would you like to celebrate?

Just like IWD, each Women’s History Month has a new theme every year. The theme for 2019 is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” We’ll be highlighting the accomplishments of women across our site with quotes, sayings, and profiles of inspiring female pioneers throughout history in the spirit of this theme.

“A woman is like a teabag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt, Activist and First Lady of the United States, 1933-1945

Happy March! Let’s not waste a minute in getting started — celebrating and honoring the women who are important to us, past and present. Looking for inspiration? Check out the links below!

Find out who is on our list of top 10 Inspiring and Empowering Women by clicking here.

Honor all your strong women and empower your girls by finding the perfect quote to celebrate IWD! This is a perfect time to share inspiration with others, lift people up, and encourage awareness of issues facing women across the world. Whether she’s your sibling or your sister from another mister, celebrate your special bond with your sister!

Read all about the Girl Boss female entrepreneurs and this year’s campaign to #BalanceforBetter in our International Women’s Day 2019 Post.

Did we forget anything? We always love to hear your comments and input so feel free to share your favorite quotes and stories below!

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Natalie Seale

Natalie Seale is a writer, researcher, and editor for keepinspiring.me. She holds an MA, MSc, and PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh, and has started two businesses since 2011. Natalie is an avid reader, a keen traveller, and enjoys cooking and walking with her English Spaniel. Her posts focus on inspiring others to live healthy, happy, and active lives.