By Brooks Welch
March is National Women’s History Month, here’s some facts about how it came to be. According to the official site for National Women’s History Month, the celebration began as a week organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. It was then declared a month-long holiday for March of 1987 only and the annual celebration of Women’s History Month officially began in 1995.
According to History.com, the National Women’s History Alliance selects an annual focus for Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This theme is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”
We celebrate Women’s History Month because it’s a “dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. From Abigail Adams to Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth to Rosa Parks, the timeline of women’s history milestones stretches back to the founding of the United States.”
This month commemorates the strength, resilience, and determination of all women.
Here’s 5 inspiring quotes from women who are making history now:
Kamala Harris, the first African American and woman to be vice-president of the United States
“There will be people who say to you, ‘You are out of your lane.’ They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don’t you let that burden you.”
Michelle Obama, the first Black first lady of the United States.
“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.
Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to be nominated on the highest court in the nation — the Supreme Court.
“I must begin these very brief remarks by thanking God for delivering me to this point in my professional journey. My life has been blessed beyond measure and I do know that one can only come this far by faith.”
Marsai Martin, 17-year-old actress on ‘Black-ish,’ founder of Genius Productions, and businesswoman
“You’re gonna get a lot of nos more than yeses, but you have to find the right people who trust in you and believe in you and will continue to work with you because you’ve got potential.”
Kizzmekia Corbett, a senior research fellow who worked on the COVID-19 Vaccine.
“If you can unwind and be true to who you are, it helps to reckon with things. My team is responding to the world’s most devastating global pandemic in the last hundred years. And so, there’s something to be said about knowing who you are.”