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Why We Celebrate Women’s History Month

Tyra Douyon - March 7, 2023

Women's history Month from Rearview Advertising

History in the Making

Since 1987, Women’s History Month has been celebrated nationwide in the United States. This month-long observance in March is dedicated to recognizing the extraordinary cultural, political, and socioeconomic contributions and accomplishments of women in the U.S. and all around the world. From groundbreaking inventors and influential executives to tenacious athletes and resilient activists, countless women have inspired others to strive for a brighter future for themselves, their loved ones, and the upcoming generation of leaders and change-makers.

The origin of this week can be traced back to a school district in Sonoma, California, where in 1978, a week-long tribute to women’s contributions to culture, history, and society was initiated. Numerous students participated in an essay contest and presentation, and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa to commemorate the event. Following this, other school districts and organizations across the country began to organize their own academic events and festivals. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation designating the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The following year, Congress established a national week-long celebration. After six years of organizing, it was decided to extend the celebration to the entire month of March. 

How to Celebrate All Month Long 

Watch documentaries that showcase the global struggle for women’s rights and gender equality. Here are our top recommendations: 

Read memoirs from woman icons, innovators, and those who inspire us:

  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg 
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama 
  • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston 
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
  • The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs

*Check out your local bookstores or Barnes and Noble to purchase novel selections*

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Take action today to show your support for women!

  • Explore the National Women’s History Museum virtual exhibits, which use innovative digital resources to showcase and interpret the diverse contributions of women to society. This online museum also hosts events and provides educational tools for learning.

Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories 

The National Women’s History Alliance has chosen “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories” as the designated theme for Women’s History Month for 2023. This theme acknowledges the contributions of women from both the past and present who have been involved in various forms of media and storytelling, including print, radio, television, theater, film, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media.

This month, remember to pay tribute to the women of the past who worked tirelessly for gender equality, equity, and representation, as well as today’s women who have taken up the mantle to continue breaking barriers and shatter the glass ceiling. Nevertheless, let us not only commemorate the women who have made significant contributions, but also the women in our daily lives— our mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, mentors, teachers, and friends— who have set an example of how to uplift one another, not despite gender, but in recognition of the power it holds.

Rearview Advertising extends its gratitude and appreciation to our female associates who add considerable value to our company every day and who through their ingenuity, professionalism, and creativity have played a pivotal role in our success.

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