Why We Need Women’s Month


Lindsey LaMont

Protest in Stockholm, Sweden: The future is female.

The historical fight for equality is celebrated through the month of March, and without it, many would remain uneducated about what it took to achieve equality.

“Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.” ~ Myra Pollack Sadker, from the National Women History Alliance.

A moment in time where women were denied the same rights as men, today, women are leaders, politicians, teachers, advisors, artists, writers, and anything they set their minds to. Significant historical figures made what used to be seen as impossible to possible are mainly women, and it is of our utmost duty to recall history.

Women’s month can be viewed as a reminder of the accomplishments and hardships women had endured in the past due to society, a reminder of what it took to succeed, and a reminder that people can reflect on the days when the call for change was ignored for so long.

It first began as a movement in the 1970s where groups would celebrate women’s history week. Eventually, it became so favored and popular that President Jimmy Carter established an official Women’s History Work in 1980.

“Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed,” said Jimmy Carter, “But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America were as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”

People rallied together to celebrate and educate others of the historical importance of women, and after quite some time, the week turned to a month. Now we celebrate women’s month under the consideration of their history and the appreciation of the women around us.