Women's History Month

The month of March is Women’s History Month! During this time we can come together to celebrate women, educate ourselves, and learn about historic events involving women. Even though progress has been made, violence against women is still prevalant in today’s world. “Across their lifetime, 1 in 3 women, around 736 million, are subjected to physical or sexual violence” (World Health Organization, 2021). While this is a scary number, women of color are more likely to experience violence in their lifetime. “More than 20 percent of Black women are raped during their lifetimes—a higher share than among women overall.” Along with these statistics transgender women are also at a higher risk to violence. “Transgender women were 1.8 times more likely to experience sexual violence when compared with other survivors.” These statistics prove that progress still needs to be made and women are still at high risk to violence.

To learn more about violence against women, please join SARC as they host a “Violence Against Women Facebook Live Panel” on March 30th at 6pm.

10 Ways to Celebrate Women

Women's History Month is a time to not only reflect on positive changes and progress, but to also take the time to educate ourselves and others about current inequalities towards women. We should celebrate Women’s History Month to remind ourselves and others about the accomplishments of women throughout the years. Not only should we all recognize and celebrate the women that came before us, but empower, educate, and uplift all women in today’s society and for future generations to come.

Here are 10 ways you can celebrate this month:

  1. Explore the history of women's rights - where we started versus where we are now - who made it possible to be where we are today

  2. Become aware of issues that women still face today - Although so much progress has been made there are still obstacles and discrimination that women face because of their gender identity, sexual orientation, race & ethnicity, and other intersectional factors.

  3. Spread awareness - post on social media - inform friends and family about women's history.

  4. Support nonprofit organizations that help women - this can be volunteering, sharing information about certain nonprofits, and even donating items they may need.

  5. Celebrate with other women (friends and family)

  6. Watch movies directed by women or with female leads

  • Bombshell

  • Wild

  • A League of Their Own

  • Wonder Woman

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  1. Watch movies directed by women of color or with a female of color as the lead

  2. Sister Act

  3. The Color Purple

  4. Hidden Figures

  5. Support women-owned businesses

  6. Orangetheory Fitness

  7. The Body Shop

  8. Build-A-Bear Workshop

  9. Bumble

  10. Support women of color owned businesses

  11. Honeypot

  12. The Lip Bar

  13. Support women in politics

  14. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

  15. Vice President Kamala Harris

  16. Remember to take the time to tell the women in your life that you appreciate them, spread the love, and empower someone.

Now that we know why and how to celebrate Women’s History Month we can learn about some historic dates and events that helped shape the world for women.

  • August 18, 1920 - ratification of the 19th Amendment - the right to vote shall not be denied by Unitied States on account of sex.

  • December 1, 1955 - Rosa Parks helps launch the civil rights movement and refuses to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

  • June 10, 1963 - Equal Pay Act was signed - the law prohibited wage discrimination between men and women who performed the same job

  • July 2, 1964 - Civil Rights Act was signed - the law prohibited employment discrimination based on race, religion, national orgin, and sex.

  • September 13, 1994 - Clinton signs the Violence Against Women Act as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, providing funding for programs that help victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, stalking and other gender-related violence.

  • January 20, 2021 - Kamala Harris becomes the first women and first women of color vice president of the United States

Written By: Kellie Williams


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