Women’s History Month Blows in for March


U.S. Air Force illustration by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson/Released

The month of March is National Women’s History Month, to honor women throughout American history who have made a difference in this world. It began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa California, but turned into a national celebration in 1980, when a group of female historians successfully lobbied for recognition. March 8, 1980 was designated at the start of the first National Women’s History Week. It wasn’t until 1987 that Congress passed public law 100-9 that set aside March as “National Women’s History Month.” Every U.S. President since then has declared the month of March “Women’s History Month.”

This celebration is intended to highlight the achievements of women throughout American history, and to recognize how far women have come. For each year, there is a theme for the month of March. This year the theme is: “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence.” This focuses the month-long celebration on women who have sought to change society and end war and violence. Women such as Vanessa Liveano Gutierrez are being honored this month for her attempts to speak out about personal experiences to end war and create peace.

Some women think that designating a month to recognize women is very empowering and influential women throughout history should be honored. Others think it is silly. Junior Lindsey Hubbard stated, “Personally I do not think there should be a National Women’s Month. There are other things we could be celebrating.” Freshman, Christy Sara said “If there isn’t one for men, it does not seem equal. I don’t think it matters.” Regardless of one’s opinion, we can all agree that there are numerous amounts of women who have inspired others throughout history. Junior, Sarah Grace White said that Amy Schumer inspires her because “she’s so funny and I agree with her body positive stance.”