What is Women’s History Month?
It’s already March 6th, which means that Women’s History Month has already begun. March is the month that celebrates and highlights women’s accomplishments and contributions to events in history and contemporary society. WHM dates as far back as March 8, 1857, when women from New York City, who were working in factories, stages a protest over working conditions. However, it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress actually established the second week of March to be commemorated as National Women’s History Week. The week was expanded to a month in 1987.
For far too many years, Women’s History Month hasn’t gotten nearly enough attention, but fortunately, in the past few years, it has really become a demonstration of solidarity by women all over the world. We have truly come a long way, and we deserve it! We as women have fought for our acceptance and equality, yet there is still a long road ahead of us.
Take a look at Women’s History Month’s timeline.
What can I do this WHM to contribute in a positive way?
There are many amazing feminist books out there! Now’s the time to educate yourself about women’s issues that don’t perhaps you were uninformed about. Grab a book, and try to increase your understanding of certain oppressions women face daily. Trust me, there are plenty. You should also check out books by female politicians like Kristen Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines, a compelling book that truly emphasizes the importance of getting politically involved. For more book recommendations, click here. Additionally, there are some beautiful documentaries that manage to provide an in-depth insight into the lives of many successful women who have paved the way for us.
Make a donation to a women’s organization
A lot of organizations like National Organization for Women, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the Global Fund for Women, Emily’s List, RAINN, and many many others could use our help. Remember that every single dollar counts and makes a difference.
Volunteering is one of the most rewarding activities you could ever dedicate your free time to. There are many options, so you can choose based on solely what you’re most passionate about. Find the nearest women’s shelter or mentoring programs aimed at underprivileged girls. They could use your help. Check out VolunteerMatch if you want to search for opportunities based on your area of interest and location.