Celebrating national women’s history month

Sage Santana, News Reporter

March is National Women’s History Month, and there is no better way to celebrate than to educate oneself on the history of National Women’s Month and some influential women throughout history.

By 1986, fourteen states had recognized March as National Women’s History Month, and by the following year, it was petitioned to become a national month of celebration, and was passed by Congress in 1987. The decision to make March the month of Women’s History coincides with International Women’s Day on March eighth.

Women’s History Month is dedicated to the celebration of famous and successful women who influenced society in one way or another.  The month also focuses on embracing women today, celebrating them, and working in their advancement in society here in America, and abroad.

Women who are included in this celebration include women from centuries past to recent present.  One historical great is Joan of Arc.  Joan was alive during the Hundred Years War in France. She was instrumental to the French in defeating the English, and in leading the captures of the cities of Orleans, Paris, and Rheims.  She was later captured by the English and killed in 1431 at the stake at the age of 19.  However she is remembered as a great hero by many, and is considered a saint in the Catholic Church.

A more recent famous female is Eleanor Roosevelt.  Roosevelt was the wife of the famous Franklin D. Roosevelt, or FDR for short, and was a great writer, activist, and redefined the role of the first lady.  Eleanor Roosevelt is best known for this new precedent on what it means to be a first lady.  She was the first wife of the president to hold her own weekly conferences, to create a social reform agenda, and even did bold moves such as decline Secret Service protection.  During FDR’s first one hundred days as president, Eleanor appointed women into high positions of power in the executive office. Roosevelt also was an advocate for social change.  She promoted civil rights, and even pushed anti-lynching legislation. In addition, Eleanor Roosevelt would often travel, exposing herself to the conditions of those in poverty, and promoting their well-being.  She even would ask in her published works for their submittal of opinions on social policy, and she received over 300,000 letters responding to this.

If that was not enough, there are still women today who make great changes in society. The young Malala Yousafzai is a children’s activist, a women’s rights activist, and an activist for education.  Although Malala was blogging for the BBC concerning the Taliban takeover in Pakistan and her continuing education, it wasn’t until Malala was shot by a member of the Taliban in 2012, that she gained worldwide recognition.  Malala went on to recover from the shooting, move to England from her family, and continue her schooling.  Malala now is an activist for children’s education, women’s rights, and girl’s education.  Malala has even went on the win the Nobel Peace Prize, and to be the youngest person to do so when she was just 17.

This month is a great month to celebrate and embrace the women who had make their mark on society, and who continue to shape the growing world.

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